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The nearest Genius bar is 70 miles from here and I've never even been there, never had any reason to. Would they charge for a diagnostic visit on a laptop this old? If it is a hd I would probably want to replace it with a ssd, but I think I would prefer to do it myself. I don't want to drop $300 on a laptop that is 6 years old.

Truthfully, it's cheaper to just buy a HDD and install it yourself and hope for the best. I would not put a SSD in a 6+yo machine at this point, it's a waste. If you want directions, these guys are great:

And here is the guide specific to your system:

also working on a 2012 MBP for a friend, but I know this one has a logic board issue, they are not quite so cheap :(
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