Replacing MacBook Pro 2012 hard drive without backup

rianu090

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My macbook died the other day and I brought it in for a quote to get fixed and they said $400 to replace hard drive and sata cable. This seems outrageous, so I want to try to fix it myself. The computer still boots into recovery but disk utility cannot find the hard drive. So if I replace the hard drive and cable will I be able to install the OS from online? My only worry is the new hard drive will not be recognized and I won't be able to do anything with it. Thanks for your time.
 

D_Know_WD

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Hi there rianu090,

After your HDD is not recognized, you will definitely need to change the HDD(and SATA cable if needed). If you do that, I don't see a reason why won't be able to install OS.
You just need to check out the compatible drives: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP649
Here is a guide on how to install the OS: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201376

Also, it may be a good idea to see some tutorials on how to change the HDD of a MacBook Pro.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD
 

D_Know_WD

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Hi there rianu090,

After your HDD is not recognized, you will definitely need to change the HDD(and SATA cable if needed). If you do that, I don't see a reason why won't be able to install OS.
You just need to check out the compatible drives: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP649
Here is a guide on how to install the OS: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201376

Also, it may be a good idea to see some tutorials on how to change the HDD of a MacBook Pro.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD
 
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