Changing hard drive, best way to transfer data?

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  1. Bosep macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm going to change hard drive on my macbook to an ssd drive.
    Is it possible to move all programs and setting I have on this hard drive so I don't have to re-install everything?

    First thought was time machine, but will this work? I mean, if it worked with time machine on a new hard drive it would be very easy to share shareware program with friends.

    Is it possible somehow? To get all the programs/settings to my new hard drive without having to re-install anything? (except the operating system),without having to re-activate serials etc etc.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Time Machine

    Migration Assistant and Target Disk Mode

    Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper
     
  3. Bosep thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh okay, so if i connect system disk via usb when I have my ssd inside, I can use Migration assistant for _all_ settings and program?
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Migration Assistant and Target Disk Mode requires Firewire
     
  5. Bosep thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I only have for usb, what's the best thing to do?
     
  6. jahala macrumors regular

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    Migration assistant does not require Firewire in Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard. You can restore from a USB connected drive, or even a network drive. I have done it many times.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Apple Support Article

     
  8. Bosep thread starter macrumors regular

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