Installing HD to Mac Mini

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  1. NewKid2Mac macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to be installing a new hard drive in my mini and I just want someone to verify that I'm correct. So once the hard drive is installed, I turn it on and then insert the OSX cd, is that all or do I have to configure anything else? Also what hard drives do you guys recommend? Thanks.
     
  2. tchockey macrumors member

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    hi
    I would super duper your new drive first, than put it in. If you send me your email I can send you pictures of the install. I did 500 gb in optibay and ssd in reg slot. intel x25 160. Lots of 80gb on sale right now. use 160 for boot and 500 to store.
    let me know if you want pictures.
    mickey
     
  3. NewKid2Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do you mean by super duper my drive?
     
  4. tchockey macrumors member

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    super duper is cloning software

    its free, just google super duper for mac
     
  5. NewKid2Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've heard cloning slows down the hard drive, have you had any issues?
     
  6. tchockey macrumors member

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    not really, plus when you put your new hd in, the mac will read it right away. if its slow you can always. run osx over it again.
     
  7. NewKid2Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. tchockey macrumors member

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    just be careful and take your time,
    not hard at all just don't rush.
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Whoever told you that, dont take too much other advice from them.

    Cause thats completely false.

    Superduper is great, but $28 for the full version, which has some features you might want

    Carbon Copy Cloner might be a better choice, since its free and offers some features you need.

    For cloning, you need an external drive.

    Clone your internal to the external, install the new drive, clone the external back to new internal.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Here's how I do hard drive replacements. I'm also a fan of Carbon Copy Cloner; SuperDuper is a bit clunky, IYAM.
     
  11. calderone macrumors 68040

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    To the OP, I would remove your email address unless you want to get picked up by the spam bots.

    Also, CCC is written by an Apple Engineer.
     
  12. tchockey macrumors member

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    hi fred
    sent you pictures
    good luck, let me know if you have questions on install.
    mickey
     
  13. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Or just use Time Machine to back up stuff? Why spend extra $? I've never seen any degradation from a TM restore of an OS...
     
  14. NewKid2Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got the pics, Thanks!
     
  15. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Because CCC and SD make "bootable" backups.

    If your internal drive dies with a TM backup it means replacing the bad drive first, then restoring from TM

    If my drive dies, 2 seconds later my CCC backup drive is running again as my external bootdrive, ive lost no time.
     
  16. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    apart from which copy program you use be very patient when changing the harddrive and watch carefully really really carfully what you are doing , as you would not be the first who destroys some things inside and wireless /bluetooth /sound stop working after the attempt to upgrade the mini
    and use the right tools ,
    i know someone who thought, why buy some more ideal tools if you got some screwdrivers around to BREAK the case of literately
    here is how its done
    http://www.sterpin.net/uk/ddMacMiniuk.htm
     
  17. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I guess... Never really been a huge concern of mine, I suppose!
     

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