Swapping SSD over - Help.

Macnutt1

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Feb 26, 2019
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Hi guys,

My late 2011 MBP went down today. GPU has packed up. I have gone through options and I am not convinced on paying £400 for a used GPU transplant which most Companies have offered me today.

Anyway.... I have borrowed a family computer also a 2011 or maybe 2012/13. Looks identical.

I have opened it up and swapped over the SSD, fired it up and all I am seeing is my Windows partition on disc start up.

Am I doing something wrong? I thought it would be a straight swap and job done.
 

CoastalOR

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Which macOS is on the SSD that was in your 2011 MBP? Is it possible that the macOS is too old to boot the 2012/2013 MBP?
 

Macnutt1

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Feb 26, 2019
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Ok so now I just swapped over the original SSD back into the loan MBP to get on and check the age of MBP in ‘about mac’ but now when starting it up no apple logo but just plain white screen!

Nightmare. Done PRAM and SMC resets.

It doesn’t even seem to want to go into recovery mode.


EDIT: I am in now after another PRAM RESET....
[doublepost=1551214129][/doublepost]TO COMFIRM. It is also a late 2011. So identical really

I shall update the computer to the latest operating system to match the other MBP and try again.
[doublepost=1551216383][/doublepost]Got into the disk utility in recovery mode but still only shows bootcamp to boot from
 

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Fishrrman

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Could the second 2011 be having GPU problems as well?

Can you boot the replacement to internet recovery?
(command-OPTION-R at boot)
This should tell you whether or not it's "bootable".
 

Macnutt1

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Feb 26, 2019
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OK Im all sorted now.

It seems the Mac side got damaged somehow. I booted up in Recovery > Disk Utility then installed from latest time machine backup....

Now I need to go shopping soon for a new MacBook. £3000 for a new 2018 MBP with 1TB 15" equivalent to my needed spec!

I know nothing about the newer macs past a 2011 so not sure if worth upgrading to a 2018 or find an older one.

I do still want to get the Logic board (GPU) repaired or replaced as it seems such as shame to bin it. Not sure what prices are for these with a broken GPU.

Seems you can't get new GPUs or boards anymore. Don't fancy a used GPU being installed for £430 I have been quoted for it to maybe die again in 3 months as that is all they are offering as warranty.

Thoughts?