Carbon Copy Cloner help

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  1. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2006
    Hi, I'm hoping to upgrade my MBP with a newer hard drive soon (regardless of the fact that it is still unknown whether this voids the warranty or not) and am trying to find a reliable way to transfer the data from the old hard drive onto the new one. I heard About carbon copy cloner and wondered if it would work this way:
    1-Clone the original hard drive onto an external hard drive
    2-replace the internal harddrive of MBP
    3-Install leopard
    4-Clone the external hard drive onto MBP
    (i would still have everything kept on the old hard drive by the way)

    Would this work? or can anyone suggest any better solutions? please help, tho it isn't urgent, thanks in advance;)

    BTW, this is carbon copy cloner
  2. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    I've not tried what you are asking, so this might not work... but I'd recommend the following:

    1. Clone old internal hard drive onto external drive using SuperDuper
    2. Remove old hard drive and install replacement
    3. Boot your Mac from the external hard drive
    4. Use SuperDuper to clone from the external hard drive to your new internal drive
    5. Boot from your new internal drive.

    Or, get yourself a firewire enclosure, and clone directly onto your new drive.

    I prefer SuperDuper over CCC. I find it pretty reliable in creating bootable clones, and it's also very nice to use.

  3. StuB macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007

    I would think that the process you suggest should work fine.

    It was not quite the same scenario, but here is what I did recently with an old iMac:

    1. Back up of HD to external Firewire drive. Using CCCloner I made this a bootable back up.
    2. Messed about with iMac, attempting to restore the OS X install and ended up screwing up the HD image so it wouldn't boot!
    3. Booted the mac from the external Firewire drive mentioned earlier.
    4. Restored everything from the external drive to the iMac HD.
    5. Booted from the HD and my system was exactly as it was before I started.

    Change my number 2 for replacing the disc with a new one and I'm not sure there is really any difference.

  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    The above methods work but its far easer to

    1 buy an enclosure for the new drive

    2 put new drive in enclosure

    3 format the new drive

    4 clone over OS X using CCC or SuperDuper

    5 boot from the new drive to make sure its Ok

    6 swap the drives over you then have a nice new external that was once your internal

    Oh and forgot to mention the enclosure DOESN'T have to be firewire as intel Mac's can boot from USB 2 drives

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