Unibody Macbook to Unibody Macbook Pro HDD Swap/Transplant

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  1. TheSandman2236
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    I need a really quick answer.

    Can I take my uMB 320GB 7200RPM HDD and place it in my uMBP? Like OS, Settings, Files, and Applications without having to reformat etc.?

    Thanks!:apple:
     
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    Yes, but some specific uMBP drivers might be missing, like for the 9600GT graphics card, etc.
     
  3. TheSandman2236
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    So should I run the software update?
     
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    I would just use the Migration Assistant. Does a fantastic job.
     
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    I second that, should have thought of that.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3322
     
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  7. TheSandman2236
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  8. shoppy
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    I use one 500gb HDD between all three sizes of macbook/pros and never had any problems.
     
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    Oh really?
     
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    Yep, being doing so since I got my first macbook and macbook pro back in Oct. Then I picked up a 17" and new 15" 2.66 and still works like a champ. I have never had problems, I always find the first startup in a new machine takes an extra 10-20 secs and then I am off.
     
  11. TheSandman2236
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    You sir, are awesome. Thanks to all for the help. I just backed up the drive - ill move it over in 10 mins :) :)
     
  12. asmiller
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    Move drive from MPB to Unibody MacBook

     
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  15. g3funk
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of OSX. If you have a uMB then it already has drivers built in for the uMBP. It also likely has every driver for every macbook or macbook pro that ever used an intel chip. This makes managing images of OSX very easy and unlike PCs, the hardware architecture almost never matters because as long as you image the newest mac. Good luck and definitely post back here if you have issues, I bet one of us can assist
     
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    I would do an Archive and Install; some applications may need to be reinstalled, but everything else would be intact.
     
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    Got it to work, thanks! Should I defrag or repair any permissions etc?[/QUOTE]

    I have never done either and mine are still working 5 months on.
     

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