Cloning stock Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Odid, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Odid macrumors regular

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    Hi, sorry if this has been asked; I tried searching.

    Anyway, I just bought a larger capacity hard drive and am not sure how to copy the stock 160GB 5400RPM one.

    Do I need to have some sort of connection to the new hard drive?
    Is there any way to copy it without having to buy some kind of peripheral?

    I also have an external hard drive.
    Would my best bet be just backing everything up and just set up the hard drive as new and just restoring everything??

    Thanks for any responses.
     
  2. Qin Zhi macrumors newbie

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  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Download and use Carbon Copy Cloner. You will need to use an external drive but all in all. This is probably the simplest solution.
     
  4. Odid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay. So I installed the new HD and I'm trying to install snow leopard on it but the HD isn't showing up. I have everything backed up on my external.

    Any ideas? Do I boot up from my external and try to format my HD from there?

    Sorry this is new to me. I'm confused.
     
  5. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

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    You've tried booting from the Snow Leopard disk?
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Since this post lacks a number of details, I'll post a couple of basic steps that you may or may not have taken.

    1. Boot up off the OSX install disc by holding the C down while it reboots.
    2. Once booted up and past the license acceptance, select the tools menu and then disk utility.
    3. Highlight the drive provide it shows up
    4. Click one partition from the selection
    5. Click apply
    6. Exit disk utility
    7. Install OSX with the options you want.

    This is going on memory, so some of the details may be a bit off but you get the picture, you need to boot off the install disk, partition the new drive, then you can install OSX.
     

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