Lcd compatibility??

Jun 5, 2020
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okay, so I have a white 13” mid 2010 MacBook with a messed up lcd. I recently bought a white 13” late 2009 MacBook(he called it PowerBook, idk the difference). So he wanted to show me that it worked fine, which it did. So I went to disc utility and deleted what I thought I was supposed to delete. Apfs volume was one of those things and some other things. Clearly I deleted too much. When I tried to reinstall macOs it got to the last 3 minutes and said
“Could not create a preboot volume for apfs install”
I tried reinstalling multiple times. I’ve googled everything and at this point I’m pretty sure I’ve really messed something up bc now when I try to do command r to reinstall, a blinking folder with a question mark pops up.
so with all this being said, I’m going to post all these pictures with this thread, but I’m at the point to where I’d rather just switch the late 2009 lcd to the mid 2010 MacBook. Does anyone know if they are compatible?
if I were to take my hard drive out of the 2010 one and put it in the 2009 one would it work and would it still have all of my info from my 2010 laptop on it? id really prefer switching lcds, but not sure about compatibilities. PLEASE HELP.
I know the guy wasnt conning me, he keeps messaging me and asking me if I got it fixed and told me to let him know if I need his help, and he showed me it worked for a long enough time for me to be sure it worked. This is all on me




Cory Cooper

May 19, 2004
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Hello and welcome.

Both of those MacBooks originally shipped with OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.x. What versions are they running currently?

I don't recommend swapping the LCD panels, as that is a very involved repair, and you can easily damage the LCDs or other internal components if you don't have the proper tools and experience. What is the display issue you are having with the 2010 MacBook?

You should be able to startup in the Recovery Partition, erase the drive, then reinstall OS X/macOS. The steps wil depend on what version is currently installed.

You can easily swap the hard drives. Yes, if you move the 2010 drive to the 2009, all of the files will be there, since they reside on the drive and not the MacBook.

Hope that helps,


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