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Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 29, 2017 07:35AM
My wife has a 2011 MBP 13", I'm upgrading her a year to a 2012 MBP 13". Simple as swapping the hard drives? Will I have to do any system updates for the newer model?
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: PeterW
Date: November 29, 2017 07:43AM
Depends. There are a couple of 2011 13" MBP models and a couple of 2012 13" MBP models. Their OS requirements range from 10.6 to 10.8, depending on the model.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: November 29, 2017 08:19AM
Should be fine as long as the 2011 isn’t on Snow Leopard.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: modelamac
Date: November 29, 2017 08:38AM
They both have Thunderbolt capability. Buy a T'bolt cable and connect them, with the 2013 booted in Target mode. Then use CCC to clone the 2011 to the 2012. Then eject the 2012 from the 2011 screen and disconnect the cable. Reboot the 2012 to see the miracle. You do not have to tear open anything.

If you insist on opening a Mac, do it on the 2012 and replaced the original with a 500GB SSD. Then do the Target disk mode thing above.

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mstudio
My wife has a 2011 MBP 13", I'm upgrading her a year to a 2012 MBP 13". Simple as swapping the hard drives? Will I have to do any system updates for the newer model?



Mr. Curmudgeon, on Mav/EC/Sierra/blood thinner & some other "old people pills".
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: Winston
Date: November 29, 2017 09:15AM
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modelamac
They both have Thunderbolt capability. Buy a T'bolt cable and connect them, with the 2013 booted in Target mode. Then use CCC to clone the 2011 to the 2012. Then eject the 2012 from the 2011 screen and disconnect the cable. Reboot the 2012 to see the miracle. You do not have to tear open anything.

If you insist on opening a Mac, do it on the 2012 and replaced the original with a 500GB SSD. Then do the Target disk mode thing above.

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mstudio
My wife has a 2011 MBP 13", I'm upgrading her a year to a 2012 MBP 13". Simple as swapping the hard drives? Will I have to do any system updates for the newer model?

Good suggestion, but I'd really be tempted to do a fresh OS install on the 2012 first, then only move over the user files. If I were installing a new drive on the same computer the direct clone would be my option of choice, assuming the old setup was behaving.

Assuming the 2012 is a pre-retina model, it's easy to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. And the nice thing about the 2012 is that it also has USB 3.0.

For an SSD, take a look at the Samsung EVO 850 line. The 500 GB is currently $140 at Amazon, which is a decent price:
[www.amazon.com]

Mushkin is a good brand if you want something a bit less expensive, but the current price on the Samsung EVO 850 matches or beats the Mushkins.


Good luck.

- Winston

ps: If you are opening the 2012, consider a memory upgrade. Crucial and OWC 8 GB x 2 =16 GB kits are $120 on Amazon. A must do if the 2012 only has 4 GB - go at least to 8 GB.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2017 09:20AM by Winston.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 29, 2017 09:39AM
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Winston

Good suggestion, but I'd really be tempted to do a fresh OS install on the 2012 first, then only move over the user files. If I were installing a new drive on the same computer the direct clone would be my option of choice, assuming the old setup was behaving.

Assuming the 2012 is a pre-retina model, it's easy to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. And the nice thing about the 2012 is that it also has USB 3.0.

For an SSD,

Thanks all, to be more specific. The 2011 is a Late 2011 2.4 GHz i5 and the other is a Mid 2012 2.5 GHz i5. I recently added an SSD to the 2011 and all has been fine. The 2012 is enough of an upgrade to do this. The 2011 is running El Cap right now, probably won't bother with High Sierra yet. I'm also upping the RAM to 16 as we speak. I have no problem opening it up, the HD swap couldn't be easier. I guess I was hoping to just swap her drive over to the 2012 model.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 29, 2017 09:53AM
Just move the drive, assuming that these are both the Non-Retina models that have the optical drive and the standard 2.5" SATA drive.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: clay
Date: November 29, 2017 09:55AM
yeah, it will probably work just fine. if not, take it out and start from scratch on the 2012
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: hal
Date: November 29, 2017 12:14PM
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mstudio
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Winston

Good suggestion, but I'd really be tempted to do a fresh OS install on the 2012 first, then only move over the user files. If I were installing a new drive on the same computer the direct clone would be my option of choice, assuming the old setup was behaving.

Assuming the 2012 is a pre-retina model, it's easy to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. And the nice thing about the 2012 is that it also has USB 3.0.

For an SSD,

Thanks all, to be more specific. The 2011 is a Late 2011 2.4 GHz i5 and the other is a Mid 2012 2.5 GHz i5. I recently added an SSD to the 2011 and all has been fine. The 2012 is enough of an upgrade to do this. The 2011 is running El Cap right now, probably won't bother with High Sierra yet. I'm also upping the RAM to 16 as we speak. I have no problem opening it up, the HD swap couldn't be easier. I guess I was hoping to just swap her drive over to the 2012 model.

no problem at all - yank that SSD and install it in the new computer... and you should be just fine.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 29, 2017 12:58PM
Thanks everyone, I've maxed the RAM and will have time later today to swap drives...

Thanks again.
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Re: Maybe a dumb question, swapping hard drives
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 29, 2017 04:23PM
Always do a fresh install on a new computer.





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