Installing a new harddrive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fearlessphil, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. fearlessphil macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    hi, is it possible to install leopard on to a new harddrive with out the installation cd? such as the use of a dmg file? in other words i got a new hard drive and i don't have the installation OEM cds that came with the macbook.
  2. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    I'm assuming you're replacing the original internal HDD. If this is the case, install either SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner. Then you are left with two options:

    1. If you have an external drive, clone the internal drive to it. Install the new internal HDD, and clone it from the external drive.
    2. If you don't have an external drive, install the new HDD into an enclosure, clone to it, and install it into your computer.

    If you don't have the installation cd, it is a good idea to keep a bootable clone HDD. It can be a life saver.

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