Migrate Assistant via usb

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by markgodley, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. markgodley macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2009
    I'm looking to upgrade my MacBook harddrive to a larger ssd drive.

    My plan is to remove the current harddrive and install the new one, then install a fresh copy of OS X on the new drive.

    Once done connect the old harddrive via a external case via usb to the Mac and use migrate assistant to transfer everything over

    1) is this the best way
    2) can it be done via usb from my old drive or does it need to be via a firewire one?

  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68040


    Sep 23, 2005
    USB is fine. I recommend installing the OS to the SSD prior to installing it, however.
  3. markgodley thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2009
    Why prior out of curiosity?
  4. chown33 Moderator

    Staff Member

    Aug 9, 2009
    Put the SSD into the USB case. Connect to computer. Install and test over USB, including a trial boot from the SSD while it's in the USB case. If something goes wrong anywhere up to this point, your computer is untouched and unmodified. All the changes have been done to an external USB drive.

    After confirming it all works from the USB case, only then would you open up the computer and swap drives.

    It's about doing the simplest steps first. Installing and testing in an external case is simpler than installing a bare SSD into the computer and hoping it works.

    This assumes you have a USB case that fits the SSD. Since you said you were going to put the old HD into an external case, this seems likely to be true, given the info you've provided.
  5. markgodley thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2009
    Many thanks I'll do it this way

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