MacBook Pro Hard Drive Swapping and Warranty Issues
Is it possible to replace the hard drive in a MacBook Pro without voiding the warranty? I have two MBP's and want to swap their identical drives. I've changed the drive in one of them before (after the warranty had expired of course) so its not a technical issue. I unsuccessfully tried to move the content of one drive to the other using migration assistant but, despite the fact that the drives are virtually identical (Hitachi HTS722020K9SA00, 7200 RPM 200GB), migration assistant indicates that there is insufficient space to transfer the data to the new MBP drive. Time Machine does work either. Accordingly, unscrewing 52 million screws is the fastest option to switch from my old Core Duo MBP to my new 2.6 GHz MBP Core 2 Duo. What a pain, ergo the question.
b) no, the warranty won't be voided as long as the MBP is not damaged during the process.
That's the one.
Though, I should clarify further: Apple Stores and AASP's view this with different perspectives, so what I stated above is not set in stone (personally, as an Apple technician, I don't have an issue with it -- most times). Most Apple technicians will not view it as an issue unless they suspect or have probable cause to believe that your own 'tweaking' was the result of any issue(s) your MBP may experience afterwards.
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If you simply want to migrate data between the two systems, you can use SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner to copy the data from one drive to the other, or if you need to keep data from both systems you can use a third hard drive temporarily. If you require further explanation I would be more than happy to explain.