How to copy hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SebZen, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. SebZen macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    I'm about to go buy a MBP from a local store. The thing is, today I placed an order for 4GB RAM and a 7200RPM drive, which will get here in 2-3 days time.

    I really don't want to open the box tonight and start messing around with it if it won't even save because once I install the new HDD a few days later it will install over. But at the same time I know I won't be able to not!

    I don't know what I can really do about it. Please tell me Macs have some cool utility to clone a drive, shutdown, unlplug drive, plug new drive in, during boot it will apply clone?
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    What would it clone the drive to? That's not possible. You can, however, put the old drive into an external enclosure and clone it to the other using Carbon Copy Cloner.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    get an external enclosure and use carbon copy cloner
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    SuperDuper works too. But you'll still need an enclosure. It's a computer, not magic.
  5. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Do exactly this... I am in the same boat. I am about to order my drive soon. There are two apps out there, carbon copy cloner & super duper.

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