Cloning an SSD help?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Klae, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Klae macrumors member

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    Ok guys right now I have a 128gb ocz vertex 3 ssd and I want to get a bigger 512gb crucial m4. How would I go about cloning my data from the old to the new? Would all my programs transfer over example(parallels, Mac flux 4, eclipse? Can someone help me?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A very simple and effective method is to buy the new drive in an external enclosure, then use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the internal to the external, then swap the drives and boot up. Your new drive is now the internal and your old drive is now an external drive, useful for backups or additional storage.
     
  3. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    So after you clone it do you have to use the external? I just want to keep the 512gb and sell the 128gb. Is that possible?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No you don't have to use the external, if you don't want to.
     
  5. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thanks I'll look into it and it just makes the new drive just like your old drive?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it's a bootable clone of your drive.
     
  7. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all of your help I really appreciate it!
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "Ok guys right now I have a 128gb ocz vertex 3 ssd and I want to get a bigger 512gb crucial m4. How would I go about cloning my data from the old to the new?"

    Before going further, do the solid-state drives come with a standard-size SATA connector?

    If so, if you don't mind parting with $20-25, get one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+sata+dock&x=0&y=0
    (many items shown, they all work the same, just pick one you like that's cheap)
    Over at dealmac.com this morning, I saw a blurb that newegg.com has one right now for $12.

    Then, download the free version 3.4.6 of CarbonCopyCloner from:
    http://www.bombich.com/download.html

    Hook up the dock, put the new drive in, turn it on.
    Then, initialize it using Disk Utility.
    Then, launch CCC.
    On the left, pick your "source drive" (your current internal)
    On the right, pick your "target" (your new drive)
    Then, choose to backup everything and let CCC do its thing.

    When this is done, you should have a BOOTABLE (shouting intentional) clone of your internal drive. Before you swap drives, try a test boot by doing this:
    1. Restart
    2. As soon as you hear the startup sound, hold down the option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN
    3. In a few moments, the startup manager should appear
    4. Use the mouse or arrow key to select the docked drive, then hit enter
    5. You should now boot from the external
    CAUTION! Once you get to the desktop, the new docked drive should "show up" EXACTLY as your old internal -- it's important not to get the two confused. You can check to see from which drive you're booted by going to the "About this Mac" menu item (right under the apple menu). I suggest you give the docked drive a distinctive name, and also change its desktop picture to remind you it's NOT the internal.

    If you get a good boot, if everything looks as it should be -- then it's time to "do the swap".

    Once you have the drives swapped, you can retain the old drive as a bootable backup, if you wish. Having the USB/SATA dock makes things like this EASY. Try it, you'll see what I'm talking about....
     
  9. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow thanks that makes it seem a whole lot easier. I think the drive I want comes with a USB to sata connector. I will give this a go. Do you by chance know of any good 1333 16gb of ram for my mini?
     
  10. helveta macrumors member

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    I recently went through this when upgrading the ssd in my mac air. After all else failed I downloaded the trial version of carbon copy cloner and that did the trick. The only thing that didn't transfer perfectly was microsoft office for mac, I had to call microsoft to get the activation codes.
     

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