How to switch HDs for 2011 MBP (Lion)

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  1. jesterscourt, Feb 28, 2012
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    jesterscourt macrumors regular

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    I have a 2011 MBP running Lion, and I ordered a Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB Hybrid drive from Amazon, which should be here later this week. I'm excited to add quite a bit of space in comparison to my 320 GB, and also the speed boost.

    My question is, what is the easiest method to do this? I have an unused 2 TB external hard drive, which I am assuming I can use with Time Machine. I'd like to ideally copy everything from this hard drive so that I can essentially have a carbon copy of this drive, plus all the excess space, if that's possible. I have WiFi available as well, if that helps with the whole Lion recovery, but I wanted to come to the experts first.

    Edit: Thanks everyone, ten minutes after getting home from work today I am now running with the new hard drive installed, cheers!
     
  2. sparkomatic macrumors 6502a

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    You can use SuperDuper! to backup your current drive to your new one. Swap out the drives and then you'll have a cloned backup of your hard drive.

    There are other programs like CarbonCopy but SuperDuper! has always worked great for me.
     
  3. jesterscourt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does it matter they are different sizes and speeds?
     
  4. itegypt macrumors 6502

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    Put the new drive in external enclosure and use carboncopy and clone from your current one
     
  5. jekyoo macrumors 6502

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    no.
     
  6. jesterscourt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help everybody. I am currently cloning the hard drive via SuperDuper! as we speak, and it should be done in about two more hours.
     

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