The last time I replaced my hard drive it was on a computer that was just given to me so I just did a clean install of OS X. This time I'm just replacing the existing hard drive so I want to keep everything the way it is now (all apps, files, settings, etc). How should I go about doing this? I think I've read two options. 1) Plug in new hd with old still installed, boot to recovery mode, install OS X to new hd, boot with new hd, then I believe it should ask me to copy files from existing HD. 2) Do time machine backup, shut down machine, replace hd, install OS X via USB, restore from time machine backup. Is one easier/safer than the other...any better ways? I'm most concerned about not loosing my apps and settings.