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Ultimate Geek

# 109596 23-Sep-2012 17:06
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Got a dead MacBook Pro 13" 2009 on my hands, I'm thinking a cheap option to get up and running would be to buy a cheapie second hand C2D (such as this one: ) then remove its hard drive and replace it with the one from the MacBook Pro (as the hard drive is working ok) then just boot up and the old data/settings should be as it was before?

Does this seem like a reasonable idea? Any problems/issues that I'm missing?

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  # 690200 23-Sep-2012 17:24
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So are you saying you want to just boot to OSX on the old hard disk? If so then no that won't work. EFI boot vs BIOS boot for a start.

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  # 690210 23-Sep-2012 17:44
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NO way.

Btw the laptop is only 3 yrs old. Apple should fix it


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  # 690301 23-Sep-2012 21:28
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OSX also checks the TPM to ensure the computer is Apple-manufactured.

Past that, even Unix/BSD/OSX can't boot with such a vastly different configuration from what they were installed with like that.

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  # 691895 26-Sep-2012 20:27
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oh, guess it won't be that easy. Forgive my ignorance, I basically never use OSX!

So I suppose my path is install hackintosh then attempt to pass across the settings from the old machine, how would I do that easily? Any link to relevant articles that would be applicable is appreciated. I already did some googling around on this topic and it appears there is something called "migration assistant", so if I could get another MacBook even just for an hour I could put the old harddrive into that to boot up the old one then get all the data/settings exported onto the new C2D PC?
Am I vaguely on the right track here?

btw, I doubt Apple will fix it for free! Basically was his fault while he was trying to "clean" it.


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  # 691902 26-Sep-2012 20:40
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What is actually wrong with it? A fix may be better than other options you are considering.


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  # 691904 26-Sep-2012 20:42
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Naming the exact model number could be useful.

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  # 691957 26-Sep-2012 22:54
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gzt: What is actually wrong with it? A fix may be better than other options you are considering.
Cost basically, he is quite short on cash as a student.

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