Need hard drive

Danmickread

macrumors newbie
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Nov 12, 2012
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Hi,
I have a mid 2009 mac book pro with 160gig hard drive with mountain lion and windows installed via bootcamp.
I would like to change the hard drive for a 500gig drive.
Is this an easy thing to do, I have heard of cloning a drive, will this clone everything so new drive with have both osx and windows still.
Can someone pls point me in the right direction of how to do this and also what drives do people recomend. Is there any particular makes that are better than others and what specs I should be looking out for.
I know you get to rpm speeds and whats in there now is prop 5400 would I benefit from 7200 or would this be more noisy and use more power?

Thanks
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Is this an easy thing to do, I have heard of cloning a drive, will this clone everything so new drive with have both osx and windows still.
No, cloning software will not clone both Windows and OS X partitions. You have to clone your OS X partition, using something like Carbon Copy Cloner, then backup the Windows partition separately.

As far as drives, I've been very pleased with both of these models in various capacities, from Other World Computing (OWC):

OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro..........................OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro™
 

Danmickread

macrumors newbie
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Nov 12, 2012
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Would u care to elaborate?
Do u mean I would have to re install windows on the new drive after cloning?
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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Would u care to elaborate?
Do u mean I would have to re install windows on the new drive after cloning?
This may help
Can CCC back up my BootCamp (Windows) partition?
CCC can back up the contents of the Boot Camp partition, but it cannot make a bootable clone of the partition. If your goal is to back up your user data on the Boot Camp partition, CCC will meet your needs. If you're looking to migrate your Boot Camp partition to a new hard drive, you might consider an alternative solution such as WinClone, or one of the commercial virtualization solutions that offer a migration strategy from Boot Camp.