Upgrading hard drive in powerbook, restore data?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by 61132, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    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.

  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2004
  3. thread starter Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    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.
  4. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Why not do a clean install and then use the inbuilt Migration Assistant to get your settings and files back from the external drive. :)
  5. macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    ^^indeed...they already offer something good.

  6. thread starter Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    just figured it would be easier just to clone the disk, and I have heard of some problems using migration assistant
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    I used carbon copy cloner without any problems just recently
    on my powerbook. Its donation ware.
  8. thread starter Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    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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