Bought a new drive how a to move my data?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by m7ammed, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. m7ammed macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    I've searched the forums and online and can only find this. Since I'm running Lion on mid-2010 macbook pro 13" I'm not sure how to go about it. I do have an external hard drive that I use to do time machine backup.

    So should I put the new drive in do a clean installation of Lion OSX and then :

    A. Restore from old hard drive as the link suggested


    B. Use time machine if possible to restore.
  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    C. Put new drive into an external enclosure. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your old drive to the new drive. Replace old drive. Done
  3. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    or SuperDuper.
  4. m7ammed thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    was thinking of doing that until I read this

  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I suggest installing Lion from scratch and using Migration Assistant with your time machine backup.
  6. Sevastos macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2011
    Best option, if you have a spare drive for a TM backup
  7. m7ammed thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    Guess that is what I'll do, as I have a 1TB external hard drive.
  8. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    Here's what you need to do:

    First, get one of these:
    (many items shown, they all work the same, pick one you like that's cheap)

    A USB/SATA dock will become a _very_ handy piece of hardware to have around, and did I mention that they were _cheap_? :)

    Next, download the _free_ "CarbonCopyCloner" from:

    It's one of the best pieces of Mac software "out there".

    Then, do this (in the order presented):
    1. Put the new, "bare" drive into the dock, connect the dock to the Mac, turn it on.
    2. The drive will need to be initialized, so launch Disk Utility, "aim it" at the docked drive, and set it up the way you want.
    3. Quit Disk Utility and launch CarbonCopyCloner. Then set it up to do a "full clone" of your old internal drive to the docked drive. It will probably take a few minutes to copy everything over.
    4. Next, TEST the newly-cloned drive by booting from it:
    - Choose to restart the Mac
    - As soon as you hear the startup sound, hold down the option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN
    - In a few moments, the Startup Manager will appear
    - Click the docked drive to select it, then hit the return key -- the Mac should now boot from the cloned drive in the dock.
    - When you get to the Finder, check around to BE SURE that it "looks as you want it" (i.e., that it is indeed a cloned copy of the original).
    5. Once you've tested the drive, only then is it time to "do the swap".

    When you get the drives swapped out, you can keep using the dock with the old drive. You can use CCC to "incrementally update" the NEW internal drive onto the old original. Thus the old drive now becomes your backup.

    I suggest that you keep the old drive _as_ a backup. It is ALWAYS a good idea to have a second, bootable drive "at hand" for an emergency. A Time Machine backup is useless in this regard, because you can't boot from it.

    A bootable drive, even if the backup isn't "completely current", is (in my opinion only) worth 'way more than is a TM backup that you can't access in a "moment of extreme need".

    Edit: I believe that the current version of CCC now has a "block copy option" (or something to that effect) that will now clone the Recovery Partition as well. If that doesn't work, you can also use the utility that Apple created (available at their download site) that will also create a Recovery partition on a drive that doesn't have one.

    However, with a second, cloned backup, the entire notion of a Recovery partition is rendered moot. What better "recovery option" is there than a complete clone of your old drive?
  9. m7ammed thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    Did exactly as you did ... worked perfectly , CCC took 3 hours though lol copying 220GB

  10. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    That's why you should still routinely make a back-up clone. As long as your drive boots up the first time, wouldn't it create the recovery partition?

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