new HD in my macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by superspud, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. superspud macrumors regular

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    ok so i've had my macbook for about a year and a half now. its a 2.16 with 2 gigs of ram (just bought 2x2gb sticks from newegg about 5 minutes ago though )

    anyway, i am wanting to upgrade to a bigger hard drive but have a question.

    I know its very simple to do the labor yourself and i plan to do so, but as far as the data and things saved on my current hard drive, how do i get that to my new one? im not talking about pix or music b/c i can store that on my external, but im talking about OS X and my applications that i have on my current hard drive.

    how do i move that over to my new hard drive? will i have to completely install it all over again or what?

    if this is in the wrong section please move it
     
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I would think probably the simplest thing to do is to make a Time Machine back up of your Mac and then swap the hard drive. It's a simple matter to install the OS on your new drive from the disks that came with your computer – when it's done and you go through the initial set up, there's an option to transfer data across from Time Machine.
     
  3. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    well first of all you get a external harddrive and transfer all your things in it

    now im not sure about saving the whole OS, most especially the applications. i think some of the applications you can still save.

    i would suggest asking a genius bar dude for that kind of thing.

    but then again, theres other people on these forums that know this stuff much better than i
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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  5. superspud thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah i can back all of my normal files i.e. music, video and other such things with my externals... but like i said i was just confused about how i'd transfer over the apps... ilife and all of that other good jazz.
     

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