Macbook HDD upgrade plan and questions - external drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by djbrickhouse, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. djbrickhouse macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Hi all,

    Time to upgrade my macbook HDD. I have a plan and some questions. Here it is:

    1. Purchase 250 GB or 320 GB external 2.5" SATA firewire 400 or USB drive with case.

    2. Attach excternal drive

    3. Use SuperDuper to dupe my external drive as a bootable drive.

    4. Take out internal drive, and put in place the drive from the external case

    5. Boot machine and verify all is ok

    6. Insert old internal into external case, erase it and use as a backup drive.

    Anyone done this?

  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Yep your plan is Ok but their a couple of points, 1) don't forget to format the new drive before cloning over OS X and 2) you should boot from the external ( new drive ) before doing the swap otherwise if cloning over didn't work or the drive was dead on arrival ( DOA ) you just waisted your time
  3. djbrickhouse thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2007
    great, thanks,

    I'll do that...

    is there a format of the drive that is preferable? I know there are a few different formats, which should I use?
  4. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    Use macOS journaled which is default MacOS format
  5. Bakkalohriat Guest


    Jan 14, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Don't forget to ensure that the drive is using the GUID partition table; you can change that in the Partition tab in Disk Utility. :apple:

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