24" iMac hard drive upgrade

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  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

    wakerider017

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    Just swapped my stock 250GB drive (Seagate 7200.9 8MB buffer) out for a 500GB drive (Seagate 7200.10 16MB buffer).

    My mac is now faster and has twice as much storage. :)


    It was a very easy install! Only special tool needed was a little T-8 torx screwdriver from Sears.
     
  2. YanMasaryk macrumors newbie

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    Wicked. Was it the same size as the old hard drive? I shall be making this upgrade the moment my warranty runs out (october). Were you able to simply mirror the old disk onto the new or did you do a fresh install?
     
  3. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Exactly the same size.

    Nope, I think you need an external drive to mirror your current drive. I just did a fresh install.
     
  4. kenji macrumors newbie

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    if i change my hard drive, is there a way to do it, so i wont lose all my data. IF there is, what hardware/software would i need?
     
  5. Mantronix macrumors regular

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    That is a good question. Is there a way to save or get an image of your current hard drive and transfer it to a new one?
     
  6. tekmate macrumors newbie

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    At work we clone Macs we put the image on the network because it is easier for us, at home an external drive would be the easiest option.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  8. YanMasaryk macrumors newbie

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    You could use an external hard drive enclosure with a sata connector to image onto the new hard drive with it... USB of firewire. Its not so much about software but actually getting the data across.
     
  9. danimir macrumors newbie

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    you can upgrade iMac 20 and 24 to 1.5 TB disk now

    :apple: Actually, you can now upgrade your iMac to 1.5 TB hard drive :apple:

    the hard disk itself is around $180 - pretty amazing on how prices have dropped :)
     
  10. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    I would use SuperDuper! I have used it before and it works great. Amazing piece of software.

    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

    You will also need a Sata to Firewire/USB external drive, that way you can clone your drive but also have a ton of new space at the same time.

    -iGrant
     
  11. Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a

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    I have used Carbon Copy Cloner http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html quite successfully before, to have an external bootable disk (USB) that I can use if something goes wrong. Just swap this disk in.
     
  12. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    I have used Carbon Copy Cloner before, but I found for Intel Partitions, it would do funny things with the permissions. Both programs will do the job and do them well. More of personally preference.

    -iGrant
     
  13. dawsonj macrumors newbie

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    time machine

    why not just do a time machine back up to an external usb or firewire drive.
    put in the new HDD and boot off your restore dvd but don's re-install osx just accept english (or your preferred language) at first step then when the installer comes up choose disk utility from the task bar menu and format the blank drive then choose restore from time machine backup and go and have a cup of tea.

    when you done your machine is identical to how you started (except outlook 2011 likes to rebuild the database for a minute first)
     
  14. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    ummm.....your reply is to a three year old issue.
     

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