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Old Apr 11, 2006, 01:03 PM   #1
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Upgrading hard drive in powerbook, restore data?

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.

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Old Apr 11, 2006, 01:17 PM   #2
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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.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 07:18 PM   #4
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Why not do a clean install and then use the inbuilt Migration Assistant to get your settings and files back from the external drive.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 08:33 PM   #6
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just figured it would be easier just to clone the disk, and I have heard of some problems using migration assistant
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 08:56 PM   #7
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I used carbon copy cloner without any problems just recently
on my powerbook. Its donation ware.
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Old Apr 17, 2006, 08:29 PM   #8
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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.
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