Installing New Hard Drive + Time Machine Restore

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dban23, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. dban23 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    Hi all,
    I am installing a new internal hard drive on my Mac and wanted to make sure that the following was the correct way to go, any pointers greatly appreciated.

    1) back-up to time machine
    2) physically replace internal hard-drive
    3) format the hard-drive to Mac OS X Journaled
    4) install mac os x snow leopard form my firewire drive (CD drive broken)
    5) during the installation process, select 'restore system from backup'

    noob question: I am running Mac OS X 10.6.7 and I will be re-installing Mac OS X to 10.6, will this cause troubles when restoring form time machine?

    Many thanks,
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    yes, that looks proper. be sure to use the GUID partiton map scheme.


    see this user tip.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    My suggestion is to download and use carbon copy cloner instead of using TM.

    If you had not started the initial Time Machine backup, that first backup can take in excess of 8 hours (depending disk speed and bandwidth). The full system restore will take just as long.

    With Carbon Copy Cloner, you get a bootable cloned image of your hard drive, that only takes a couple of hours to create and likewise only a couple of hours to restore.

    Time Machine strength is not in full system restores (though it can do that), but rather incremental file restores.

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