Easiest way to move os x to a smaller drive/partition?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mug3n, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. mug3n macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2010
    So I'm strongly considering buying a ssd in the next few days as prices have been coming down to a more reasonable rate.

    I usually just do a clean install when I get a new drive, but it's a pain especially with exams coming up to tweak everything back to the way I'm using it now.

    Right now I'm just using the stock 250gb drive, and with the move to a 120gb ssd, obviously the partition sizes will be different. Would it be fine to just use carbon copy cloner to make a disk image and restore it through disk utility when I boot up the os x install disk, even though I'm going to resize my partition from 190gb->70gb? There's only 40gb actual used space when I checked, so I was wondering if the cloned image would load fine on the new partition scheme.

    Thanks all!
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    As long as you are using less than 120GB on the HD, it should work fine. Use e.g. Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the HD.

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