Installing new hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bobscliff, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. bobscliff macrumors regular

    bobscliff

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    If I am installing a new hard drive in my pb and want to restore the data i had on the old drive, can i put the old drive in an enclosure and read from there? im not trying to boot, just restore files. Thanks for any help you can offer.
     
  2. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000

    AliensAreFuzzy

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    you could put it in an external Firewire enclosure, boot from that, and then use either Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper to clone the old drive to the newly installed drive.
     
  3. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Yup, thats the way to go. Make sure the enclosure is compatible with your drive (not all are).
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I'd say reinstall and use the Migration assistant to move user accounts/applications/etc...This ensures your OS is as clean as it can be.
     
  5. bobscliff thread starter macrumors regular

    bobscliff

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    hehe that was my plan until my firewire drive died. unfortunately i dont have any external drive options, so is my plan unworkable or just impractical?
     

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