MBP 2011 i5 HDD Replacement

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  1. wambo macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I want to replace the HDD.

    So lets say I've brought it and put the new one in. (I don't need to know how to put it in)

    But I need to know with the new BLANK HDD in, what do i do with regards to the OS? :apple:
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
    Short version: Clean Install of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Long version: Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard: How to Erase and Install

    OR

    Use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to make a 1:1 copy of the old HDD to the new (properly formatted) HDD in an external USB enclosure for 2.5" S-ATA HDD, then do the switch.


    OR look at any of the already available guides out there.
     
  3. wambo thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. satchow macrumors 6502

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    If you want to keep everything the same, what would be a good idea is to put the new hdd in a USB enclosure and copy the drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. Then just swap drives after you're done.
     

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