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No one can truly answer this question. It depends on how well you take care of it. The hard drive will go out first. I have two MacBooks that I have upgraded to solid state drives and they still run great.

The hard drive is difficult to replace in a 17" Pro, but relatively easy in the 15". I just did one of each. If you use a laptop cooling platform, the computer will probably last longer.

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