Migrating Mac OS to new hard drive

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  1. mrgreeneyes macrumors 6502a

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    how easy is it to migrate my current hard drive to a new hard drive?

    My current drive is 500gb
    And I just bought a 1tb drive

    I don't want to start from fresh with all my apps and settings.
    Can I just copy everything to the new drive?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

    keysofanxiety

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    You can restore directly from an existing Time Machine backup if you have one. You can use cloning software to drop it all back on.

    You can install a fresh copy of OS X and copy the stuff from the old drive using Migration Assistant.

    Your discretion.
     
  3. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. kiwipeso1 Suspended

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    Carbon copy cloner is your best bet if you're replacing a startup drive, otherwise use time machine.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    CarbonCopyCloner will do what you need.
    It will do it quickly and easily -- possibly no other easier way.

    CCC is FREE to download, and it's FREE to use for the first 30 days.
     
  6. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

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    Another free tool that is great is SuperDuper. The free limited version only does a complete system clone....which is exactly what you need.

    There are many other tools that can do this too, but CCC and SD are two of the most widely used and liked.
     

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