Installing new HD in MBP HELP

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  1. zZebracurtainZz macrumors newbie

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    So I got a new 750GB internal HD for my MBP and I want to install it. I know how to do the physical aspect of removing the old HD and installing the new one. My problem comes with doing a backup.

    I currently have a 1TB external attached to my MBP that I use just to store media on and it currently has around 600 GB available. I need to back up my media from this drive (which I could easily restore manually by dragging/dropping if need be) and everything off my MBP's 160GB internal. I for sure want the backup to be bootable just in case anything goes wrong.

    Anyone want to give me a step by step guide to backing up my files and restoring them onto the new internal HD. I would also like help in regards to installing Snow Leopard on the new drive. Can I just use the SL upgrade disk or do I need my original Leopard install disk as well?

    ****Side Note*****
    A couple months ago when I finally upgraded to Snow Leopard I made a bootable back-up on a 2nd external drive (not my 1 TB media drive) and then did a clean install of OSX. I can't use this method this time though because the drive I used was an old internal that I had connected via SATA to USB cable. I no longer have access to that drive but I do have the SATA - USB cable if that will help in anyway.
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    Thanks!
     
  2. zZebracurtainZz thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. zZebracurtainZz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can I use Set-up Assistant when I install OSX on a new internal HD to restore information from the old drive connected via SATA to USB cable?
     
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    Yes, if the external HDD is visible.
     
  5. zZebracurtainZz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So without doing any backups if I just make my currently internal become an external (with the SATA/USB cable) and then install the new drive and restore from that?

    Also I just found out I can partition my external without deleting any of the information already on it. Would I be better off making a partition on the 1 TB external I use for my media and using that for a time machine (or carbon copy cloner) backup and restoring from that?
     

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