How to backup all data for HDD upgrade?

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  1. cameronfield macrumors member

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    Ok so tomorrow I have a 500gb HDD coming from newegg for my new 13" MBP. I know how to take it apart and all that, but my question is how do I 'clone' the drive to get it from the stock drive to the new HDD?

    I have a 160gb external drive, could I use this as a time machine backup and then pop the new drive in, install leopard from the DVDs that came with my mac, and then restore time machine backup?

    Or is there a better way and I'm just retarded lol?

    I'm a total n00bie - but I'm learning! Thanks in advance guys!
     
  2. david279 macrumors member

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    Use the free version of superduper!. I used it when i switched out the 160GB HD for a 500GB HD in my macbook. just make sure you have a Hard drive encloser for the new drive so you connect to your macbook. SuperDuper will copy everything to the new drive then all you have to do is switch them. Bamm.
     
  3. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    The problem is I dont have an enclosure! What are my options? All I have is the old drive, new drive, and a 160gb external drive.
     
  4. david279 macrumors member

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    buy a enclosure. newegg, bestbuy, office depot. some choices for you. Its the easiest way to go. anything else would be uncivilized.
     
  5. david279 macrumors member

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    if you wanted to use your old drive with time machine,ect. your gonna need a enclosure anyway.
     
  6. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    So I cant use the 160gb external drive I have with time machine?
     
  7. Ooz Guest

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    I vote for Carbon Copy Creator (CCC). Fantastic app, free version does the job really well.
     
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  9. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    So between the time machine method and CCC which would be easier for a noob like me?

    Thanks for the link david!
     
  10. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have a desktop that uses SATA connections you can hook up both hard drives to it and clone it.
     
  11. 3247 macrumors regular

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    You don't have to install Leopard. Just boot from the install DVDs and restore the TM backup.
     
  12. david279 macrumors member

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    Both are gonna use the same amount of time so its on you.

    no prob on the help.
     
  13. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    So once the 500gb hdd is in, boot from the install DVD, plug the external drive in, and restore from the TM backup? This sounds easy as pie!
     

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