Replacing a hard drive macbook pro 2009

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  1. macrumors member

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    HI people,

    Later today im going to replace a hard drive in a macbook pro 2009.

    Would this way work?

    The hard drive will be a brand new one.

    1. swap old hard drive for new hard drive.
    2. start up mac holding control R
    3. Restore mac using time machine. (will have backup plugin)
    4. wait for it to restore.

    thanks
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

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    Here's a simple approach:
    1. Buy an external enclosure and put your old drive in it.
    2. Install your new drive in your Mac.
    3. Boot from your old (external) drive by holding the Option key on startup.
    4. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the old (external) drive to the new (internal) drive.
    5. Boot from the new internal drive.
    6. Your now running on your new internal drive and your old drive is now an external drive, useful for backups or additional storage.
     
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    Does the new hard drive have to be the same size as the old one to do this?

    Eg the old one is only 500Gb and the new on is 750Gb
     
  4. macrumors demi-god

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    No, they don't have to be the same size.
     
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    Thanks for that. Do you have to pay to use carbon cloner?
    only have to do one clone.
     
  6. macrumors demi-god

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    You can use the 30 day free trial of 3.5.1 ($40 to buy) or 3.4.6 (free).
     

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