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Swaping my hard drive to another MacBook Pro

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I got another MacBook pro of my friend, as he upgraded. he Had sold his hard drive to someone. so it came without a HDD. However this was good for me as I upgraded my other MacBook to 1TB/SSD.

I was then left with my old 500GB Yosemite HDD. The question is do I have to wipe this drive/erase, to mac extended journal, before I can install? I have got backups on my external hard drive of this one as well.

I have done this before with my mac mini, but I cant remember, got a mind like a sieve

Any tips will be very helpful.



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you want to install os in your old hdd or on the new ssd if you want to do it with the new one then yes you have to format it as extended journal.!


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It depends what the drive was formatted to.

Given the fact it was setup with Yosemite it's already setup with a GUID partition map and has a Extended Journal partition. So you can just install it as is. You may need to go into the preferences to set the Startup Disk to your new drive.

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