Easiest way to transfer data to new SSD

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  1. Sponsi macrumors member

    Sponsi

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    I want to transfer the existing data on my HD to a new SSD. I don't have an external enclosure. What would be my best option?

    Also, any "must do's" when/after installing an Intel SSD G2?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    If you're planning on replacing your hard drive with the SSD, then use Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable clone of your current drive on to the new one. You will either need an external enclosure or a USB to SATA/IDE adapter to connect the new drive to your machine. Assuming you're planning on using the old drive externally, I would buy an enclosure for it (I like speed so I prefer FW800 enclosures). Once you've cloned the drive, then boot from the new drive before installing it to make sure everything is ok. If you can boot from it and it seems to work well, then install it in your laptop and put your old drive in the enclosure.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    if dont have an ext. hard drive, then i guess you have to use DVDs to copy your files.
     
  4. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Get an enclosure. They are extremely cheap.
     
  5. Sponsi thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess an external enclosure will be my best bet. Thank you everyone!

    Any before/after installation tips? Also, the company I bought it from has a very limited return policy, so I want to push the SSD to its limits within the first week. What tasks should I perform? Any signs I should look for indicating a bad drive?

    Thanks.
     
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  7. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Because he has one computer, one connection for a hard drive, and two hard drives.
     

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