Upgrading from MBP 2008 to MBP 2010

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hdefjunkie, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. hdefjunkie macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011

    Was wondering can I take the drive out of a 2008 MBP (C2D) running Snow Leopard and plug it into 2010 MPB (i5)?

    Have a Windows XP bootcamp partition on there as well, suppose I'll need to
    update bootcamp if the partition will boot?

    Trying to figure out the path of least resistance in getting my new MBP up and
    running without re-loading everything (OSX and Windows).
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    As long as you are running the latest version of SL, it should work. Boot Camp may be a different thing though.
  3. sydenham macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2010
    It should be no problem. Just put your old hard drive in and it will work just like your old machine. You may have to reset the pram for good measure.
  4. hdefjunkie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    What's the pram?
  5. hdefjunkie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    Never mind.. Should have google it before :)
  6. macagain macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2002
    I always use migration assitant... just did again a few days ago when the new mbp showed up. takes a few hours, but i just let it run overnight and the next morning everything was set. Everything (almost, but more on that later) got moved over, including things that I actually didn't expect, like all my mysql stuff, my ssl certs and pks,... I was very very impressed.

    Ok the two things that didn't make it seamlessly:

    1. I had to re-enter the ms office product key... no biggie.
    2. something in the parallels pvm file. so, i just recopied it manually, and everything works fine. did not have to reinstall windows or anything... not sure about the bootcamp partition, but i suspect you can move that via disk utility...

    I prefer MA, cos the new mac has some newer software (like ilife 11 vs 09), and MA deals with all of that. It's almost like a smart merge.

    I don't know for sure, but I have to think that there're some different files, drivers etc for the different hardware component... so I figured best to let MA do it's thing.
  7. hdefjunkie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    Was planning on moving over the 7200RPM 500G drive over to the new 2010
  8. hdefjunkie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    Well I installed my old 500g 7200rpm drive in the new 2010 macbook pro
    and OSX came up just fine.. So I did a software update in OSX.. and all is

    Tried booting my old WinXP bootcamp partition, it does boot, unfortunately
    neither the USB or keyboard is functioning. I presume the windows "Found
    new hardware" prompt is related to either USB or the apple keyboard.
    Tried safe mode as well.. same thing. Although the "F8" key worked :)

    So either I'm re-loading Windows or try to find a way to get the apple drivers
    installed via OSX.

    Ideas anyone.. before I re-load Windows?..

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