Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Can I swap iMac & MacBook harddrives?

Here's the thing: I've owned a A1224 20" Aluminum iMac for 2 years but recently purchased (used) a A1181 Macbook 13"...I'd basically like to swap the harddrives, is this possible?

iMac: 320gb (7200)

Macbook: 160gb (5400)

Will either machine accept the other's harddrive? Will the faster speed affect performance of the Macbook (i.e. will their be issues with overheating, change in power usage, etc.)?

I haven't opened either machine, so I suppose this is all assuming the sizes match up.


Thanks for the replies....I've gotten a new harddrive and have done the migration successfully.

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the imac uses a 3.5" hdd and the macbook a 2.5" hdd - you can't put the 3.5 into the macbook, but the 2.5 would work in the imac

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There are really no problems with heat anymore till you get to the 10,000 RPM 2.5 drives. iFixit has a nice assortment of both size SATA drives that would work for you, take a look:


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While you can't put the physical hard disk from your desktop into your laptop, you probably just want the data off it.

Get a new hard disk for your macbook (500 Gig 7,200 is about $100 US). Install.

Boot the macbook into target mode (turn on while holding down the T button)

Connect to your iMac via firewire.

On your iMac, go to Applications / Utilities and run Migration assistant.

Good to go!

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