View Full Version : Upgrading hard drive in powerbook, restore data?

Apr 11, 2006, 01:03 PM
Ok, so I bought a new 7200rpm hard drive for my powerbook. Hopefully it will get here tomorrow. My question is this, once I take out the original drive, how do I restore all of the data? Isnt there an option in disk utility to "restore from", I think I have seen it. Anyways, my old drive will be in a USB enclosure, so booting from it will not be possible. I know you can insert the osx disk during bootup and you can start disk utility from there. Any help would be great, as I really cannot be without my powerbook that long.


Apr 11, 2006, 01:17 PM
I swear by Super Duper (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html).

Apr 11, 2006, 03:34 PM
I really do not want to pay for something I do not have to though. Doesn't osx have a restore tab that I can just say, restore to this hd, from that hd? It is in disk utility when you boot from the cd.

mad jew
Apr 11, 2006, 07:18 PM
Why not do a clean install and then use the inbuilt Migration Assistant (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25773) to get your settings and files back from the external drive. :)

Apr 11, 2006, 07:42 PM
^^indeed...they already offer something good.


Apr 11, 2006, 08:33 PM
just figured it would be easier just to clone the disk, and I have heard of some problems using migration assistant

Apr 11, 2006, 08:56 PM
I used carbon copy cloner (http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html) without any problems just recently
on my powerbook. Its donation ware.

Apr 17, 2006, 08:29 PM
Well finished the upgrade before I left for vacation. Worked out well, I can see a huge difference in apps like photoshop or iphoto, and browsing in finder is a lot faster too. Turns out, I just bought an mobile external hard drive at staples, plopped my old drive in it, and used the "restore" feature from the os x DVD. Then I just returned the external hard drive after I was done. I have seen a small decrease in battery life, but turning off bluetooth fixes that. If I were to have the choice to do it again, I would.