Migrating to new HDD in MBP

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kimbie, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Kimbie macrumors regular

    Kimbie

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    Looking to replace the 5400rpm drive with a new 7200rpm drive, but what is the best way to move all my stuff over?

    Should I clone the drive or is it better to do a fresh install and go through the hassle of reinstalling all my stuff?

    Thanks

    Kimbie
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    The easiest way is to use Time Machine. I recently upgraded my MBP to a 7200RPM 500GB HDD and that is what I did. I made sure and backed up with TM prior to the HDD swap. Then once the new one was in, I loaded OS/X from the install DVD and then used the Time Machine transfer to move all my applications, preferences and files back over. It took about an hour from the time I put the install disc in until it was ready for use again with all my stuff.
     
  3. Kimbie thread starter macrumors regular

    Kimbie

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    Hmm dont have a time machine box, can I use a normal external or something?

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    Time Machine is built into OS/X. All you need is an external hard drive. Get one, connect it and then point Time Machine to it and forget about it. Time Machine will do the rest.
     
  5. Kimbie thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cheers I should have one somewhere

    Kimbie
     

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