Swapping HDD from 2008 MBP to 2010 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hexley, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Hexley macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have a Late 2008 MBP and I want to transfer the HDD & the data inside it into a Mid 2010 MBP.

    Can this be done by a simple part swap or do I have to do something else like backup to Time Machine?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    The problem you'll run into is with any hardware-specific kexts for your new computer. I can't tell you if those problems exist, but it is a potential problem. The only way to know is to boot up with the old drive and new computer. If you can boot the old one in Target Disk Mode you should be able to connect it to the new one by a Firewire cable. Then turn on the new computer while holding down the Option key and when the old drive shows up on your screen, use the arrow keys to select it, then hit Return to boot from it. If it won't boot, then you could use Migration Assistant with the FW drive still connected.
  3. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    Ok thanks!

    I'm using 10.6.8 with the 2008 MBP.

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