Swapping hdd in a MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by Mad Mac, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Mad Mac

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    I have a late 2007 MacBook and I want to try Windows 7. However I do not want to erase my XP partition since it runs fine. Can I swap in my extra iBook G4 1.2ghz 30gb hard disk? This way I can safely install Windows 7. Will the iBook hard disk run in a MacBook?
     
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    why not install parallel 4.0 so you can run xp and win 7 on each virtual machine
     
  3. Mad Mac

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    I am not happy with Parallels 4.0 or any virtualization. I prefer Bootcamp where Windows runs full speed with real hardware.
     
  4. kawamboo

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    the ibook uses ide the macbook uses SATA so you can't swap the drives around
     
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    I second Kawamboo, the ibook and macbook harddrives use different connectors so they are not compatible.
     
  6. mindless

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    Plus the iBook's harddrive is smaller than the MacBooks - so I assume you were planning to install it "in addition" to the MacBook's hd? You can't do that - only 1 HD per laptop
     
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    Just buy an external case...do installations then just boot up from that.
     
  8. Mad Mac

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    No can do. Windows 7 will not install on a removable drive. That was my original intent.
     
  9. mindless

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    Then you need to buy a new bigger capacity SATA HD and replace your MacBook's drive.
     
  10. Mad Mac

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    Nah. Not going to spend that much for a beta. I'll redo Windows when the commercial release is out.
     
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    can i just swap the hdd of my macbook pro 13" and macbook unibody 2.0ghz?i dont want to transfer the files and apps anymore.is this possible or do i have to back up using time machine?also,would i have problems using the installer cds?hope somebody can help.TIA
     

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