Apple service providers
cdevers at pobox.com
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.
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