Swapping HDDs in Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Tifstorey, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Tifstorey macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011

    Apologies if there's lots of info out there on this, it seems like a question that may have been asked before, but I can only find it relating to Macbook Pros..

    I have a 2009 Mac Pro and looking at purchasing a 2012 Mac Pro. If I go ahead with it, can I simply replace the HDDs in my current mac pro into the 2012 model or could it cause potential issues?

  2. JoSch macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2013
    It shouldn't cause problems. In fact, I have done exactly that, when I upgraded from an 1,1 to a 3,1.
  3. Tifstorey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
  4. filmak macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2012
    between earth and heaven
    Normally there is not any problem.
    Only if you use a very old OS X version, before 2010, you may have some issues/hardware unsupported in the new one...
  5. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    Yes, no issues on fitment. The sleds in the 2009-2012 ( 4,1 & 5,1) Mac Pros are identical. They are longer than the sleds in a 2006-2008 (1,1 - 2,1 and 3,1) Mac Pro. Minimum OS on a 2012 Mac Pro is 10.7.3.

  6. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I've done this before and it worked fine. I've even booted a Mac Mini from an SSD pulled from a Mac Pro.

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