SSD and Applecare Questions

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  1. blevins321, Feb 7, 2011
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    blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Hi all,

    I have a twofold question. I am considering an SSD upgrade for my Mid2010 15-in i5 MBP. My first question is will putting in an SSD bought from an outside vendor (OWC for example) void the warranty? I haven't purchased Applecare yet, but am heavily considering it. I'd have an Apple-certified repair center put the SSD in (installation is relatively cheap especially since I don't care about the data on the drive that is backed up).

    I'm thinking of the OWC 120GB Memory Extreme (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/Y3SSDMP120/)

    Do you think this would be a good choice? The enclosure bundle is nice because then I can use the older (bigger) drive for Time Machine backups. Biggest reason that I would like the bigger drive is for the increased write speeds. I do a lot of video transcoding. And how much battery life (time-wise) is saved by using an SSD instead of a regular HD? Thanks all!
     
  2. Xenc macrumors 6502a

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    Changing the hard drive won't void your Apple Care, neither will changing the RAM. Anything else will void your warranty.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Why even bother having a repair center charge you for the installation? If you can operate a screwdriver you can switch out the drive in 5 minutes.

    Applecare isn't voided, but if you have problems with the self-installed drive (or self-installed RAM) those parts are not covered by Apple's warranty.
     
  4. blevins321 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Oh ok, it's actually doable by someone who doesn't do many repairs? (I'm a software guy). That's good to know, and I'll probably give it a shot. :)
     
  5. Xenc macrumors 6502a

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    It's quite straightforward, and there are plenty of guides on the internet to follow.
     
  6. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    1. remove bottom pan screws.
    2. remove 2 screws on HD retainer clip
    3. remove 4 t6 screws on sides of hard drive
    4. put 4 t6 screws on sides of new hard drive.
    5. put retainer clip back on
    6. put bottom pan back on
    This should take you no longer than 3 minutes

    7. re-install your OS/software

    enjoy your new-found speed.
     
  7. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, just done it myself.
    Painless procedure, even got away without T6 driver (Pliers ftw)
     
  8. ExiledMafia macrumors regular

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    No it will not void your warranty and if u do a quick search you will see many other threads asking the same questions.
     
  9. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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    HD upgrade does not void warranty. SSD is a good choice.
     
  10. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    i think if you look at the manual that came with your mbp, it'll show you how to do it lol
     

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