Apple service providers

Chris Devers cdevers at
Tue Oct 7 17:14:25 BST 2008

On Tue, 7 Oct 2008, Martin A. Brooks wrote:

> Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
> > Isn't a dead disk user-maintainable? 
> Of course not.  Assuming you can even get the case open without 
> damaging it (also voiding your warranty), you'd be putting in a disk 
> that hadn't been blessed by Apple's marketing department, also voiding 
> your warranty.

Oh don't be silly. 

Yes, replacing a Macbook hard drive is easy. 

If you can replace the RAM, it's the same level of complexity -- take 
out the battery, take out a trap door, and there it is. 

If you're under warranty, you can get it replaced with an identical one 
for free, but they will want to keep the dead drive.

If you're out of warranty, want to upgrade the drive, or need to keep 
the old one, then you can replace it yourself easily. 

If you're under warranty, and put your own replacement drive in, this 
will generally not void the warranty on anything else as long as you 
don't break anything. If you're worried about this angle, keep the old 
drive in a drawer somewhere, and if you ever have to get it repaired for 
some other issue, drop the old drive back in first. They'll fix the 
other issue and replace the original drive while they're at it, which 
you can then pull back out & replace with your bigger drive later. 

Chris Devers

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