Installing a new hard drive on a MacBook

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  1. wicket73 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, new to this forum, but not the Mac. Been using them since 1999, but I have never tried to repair or upgrade any hardware myself. I want to install a newer, larger hard drive on my 2009 MacBook. The problem I am going to have is that I lost my OS X recovery disk that was included. Any ideas on how to get around this?
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    The easiest way if you don't have the discs is to simply buy Snow Leopard from the Apple Store. It's only $29.

    You could also try using Carbon Copy Cloner to make a clone of your drive onto an external, install your new internal drive, then restore the clone to your new internal.
     
  3. wicket73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Somebody else suggested using a cloning software, thanks. I thought about Snow Leopard, but wasn't sure if that would work since the $29 version is the upgrade disk if you already have OS X installed. I thought about just buying the full version of Snow Leopard, but I'm a poor college student, and trying to get away with spending as little possible. LOL
     
  4. mjgillen macrumors member

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    The $29 version "upgrade" of Snow Leopard includes the full version. You can boot off of it.

    I used Disk Utility to "clone" my HDD to the new HDD and then swapped them. Piece of pie. Easy as cake.

    Michael
     
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    Licensing issues aside, the $29 disc is the same as the "full" version. I used it on a brand-new HDD in my MacBook when I upgraded.
     

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