Swapping hard drives between MBPs

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  1. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    I ordered a refurb mid2012 15" cMBP which will be delivered tomorrow; I have a 512GB SSD in my current late 2008 15" MBP, running Mavericks.

    Can I simply pull the SSD from the 2008 and drop it in the 2012?

    I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, but I'd like to be sure.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a

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    Yep!
     
  3. RedRaven571 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!
     
  4. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a

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    I know because I swapped my cMBP 2012 SSD with my 2006 Black MacBook and it works perfectly
     
  5. RedRaven571 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool! I was pretty sure I had read a long time ago that it works (with certain caveats, like if I was trying to put a Snow Leopard drive in a 2012 [i.e. - the 2012 shipped with a later OS], it wouldn't work). Supposed to be one of those OS X advantages over Windows.
     
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    That would not work since Snow Leopard would not have the drivers for the 2012 machine. But the swap you described earlier will work because you have Mavericks on the older machine and the new machine also will run on Mavericks.
     
  7. RedRaven571 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for confirming, much appreciated!
     
  8. RedRaven571 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yup! Worked like a charm; I'm typing on the 2012 cMBP now. It showed up around 1pm; I opened it up, dropped in 8GB RAM and my Crucial SSD, fired it up and everything it exactly the way I left it in the 2008.

    The only difference is it asks for my password the first time I open a bunch of apps (like Mail, FaceTime, etc.).

    With the SSD, this MBP flies!
     

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