Best way to clone my HDD for replacement?

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    Here are some migrating instructions that might help.
    I recommend Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) to clone your current drive. It has a fully functional 30 day trial. It is also able to clone the Recovery partition for you. Here is the CCC instructions if you want more information.
     
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    When cloning with CCC I prefer to mount the new drive in an external case, make the clone, test it in the external case, then install it. Any problems are likely to show up before installing the new drive so you save some work if there's a problem.
     
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    What does the external case do? How does that differ from using a USB to SATA cable?
     
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    Exact same thing functionally. The external case just uses that same cable going into a plastic case so you don't see the drive.
     
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    Hard drive FINALLY showed up last night. I've had the cable from Amazon since before the new year. I downloaded Carbon Copy Cloner. Later today I'll swap the drives out and cross my fingers!
     
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    If you have yet to do the drive swap, I'd suggest you put the SSD into the enclosure FIRST, and "prep and test" it that way BEFORE you swap drives.

    This way, if things don't go as planned, you still have a bootable MacBook.

    Once the drive has the OS installed, and your data migrated, do a "test boot" to be sure it's "as you wish".
    THEN it's time to swap the drives around...
     
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    Already done. Everything went beautifully...
     

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