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Should I change my hard drive back to original?

Hi all,

I self-upgraded my Macbook's SSD using this guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5osw0UB...

Tomorrow I'm taking my laptop to have Apple themselves replace the battery (free replacement) due to it having worn out. From what I can tell, they are going to replace the bottom half of the enclosure due to the battery being soldering to it.

Should I put the original hard drive back in temporarily to avoid them asking questions/getting narky/saying I've voided my qualification for a free battery replacement?



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Glued in yes, not soldered in!

Yes! I would swap the drive out as you don't want to get it lost in the shuffle! Apple has been known to swap the complete system out and you would get the original SSD the system came with your new larger SSD lost.

Now the bummer! You'll need to wait quite awhile! Apple told me the other day the backlog is growing! It's getting up to six weeks! And these are for the free upgrades not the paid for ones (ones out side of the warranty period or don't qualify).


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Free replacement? I find that very hard to believe. I would also put the original SSD drive back in.

If this is indeed a 2012 model, after you find out just how much Apple is going to charge you, here's how to do it yourself:

MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Battery Replacement

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Free indeed - there has been a backlog since July or so 2017 and many people have been offered refurbished replacements. It's specifically for the MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2012 - https://www.macrumors.com/2017/10/13/app.... Believe me I was very suprised too, glad I searched before ordering a battery and doing it myself.

I was hoping to get a refurbished newer model but alas they said only the free replacement is available now which I think is quite generous anyway and I'm happy with.

Thanks for your thoughts!


@andy1899 Andy. that's great. I thought that had passed away a few months ago. Nice to heard that Apple is taking care of their customers again.


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