Macbook Pro Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by salar101, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. salar101 macrumors newbie

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    I have a macbook pro from early 2008 and I am trying to upgrade the hard drive. What is the best way to transfer my data? say for example my iphoto library i want it to be exactly the same way as it is right now as far as events or itunes...! if I use time machine to get a back up of my current hard drive can I restore it to the new hard drive?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes.
     
  3. boshii macrumors 68040

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    the easiest way for me was to clone the drive in disk utility.

    if you have an external, you can do this.
     
  4. salar101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    when i hit restore does my stuff gets deleted from my old computer?
     
  5. boshii macrumors 68040

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    no it will just clone it to the new drive. your old hdd will remain the same.
     
  6. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    I've replaced several drives on PowerBooks and MacBook Pros (including my own). In each case, restoring from Time Machine worked beautifully and resulted in a system that seemed virtually unchanged, just more capacious and faster.
     
  7. salar101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    would you mind explain briefly how do I do it with time machine? i have a spare external hard drive.
     
  8. Zyniker macrumors 6502

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    Use CarbonCopyCloner and an external hard drive.

    Internal hard drive >> external hard drive >> new internal hard drive (after upgrade)

    With time machine, you need two things: 1) the external hard drive and 2) an OS X (Leopard or later) install DVD.

    1. Attach the external hard drive.
    2. Use the Time Machine panel in System Preferences to backup to the external hard drive.
    3. Upgrade your internal hard drive (hardware step).
    4. Insert the OS X install DVD and boot from it.
    5. Under "Utilities" (I believe the menu item is called), select the Time Machine option.
    6. Restore.
     
  9. GXT macrumors newbie

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    Time Machine is the Easiest and Fastest Way to Go...

    Time Machine is by far the best way to do a disk upgrade if you are using Snow Leopard.

    The Snow Leopard DVD allows you to "boot". Once there you can use Disk Utilities to format the raw drive and then Time Machine to restore to a backup point.

    I upgraded and restored 100GB + in just under two hours!

    The big gotcha is the small screws on the drive carrier (Macbook).
     

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