New MacBook: Use old HD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by marekkurlmann, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. marekkurlmann macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2007
    I'm going to be buying a new MacBook very soon to replace a year-old MacBook with a 250 GB hard drive that I installed myself. Because the HD is only a few months old, I'd like to use that HD in my new MacBook. I'd also like to transfer all of my files and programs from the old MacBook to the new MacBook.

    What's the best way to do this? Just swap the HD from the old MacBook to the new one? Some other way?

    (For what it's worth, I have a Time Machine backup and a bootable clone backup of the HD--minus my music library, if that will help)
  2. bplein macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    1. Download and launch Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper
    2. clone your internal drive to the new drive (in an external firewire or USB case)
    3. Test that it works by booting from it
    4. If it works, remove it from the case and replace the one in your laptop.
  3. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    Is it a BlackBook? If so and you are trying to sell it PM and i'll take it off your hands.
  4. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Odds are you'll run into driver problems with a straight swap, so it would be best to move over the old HD, wipe it, reinstall OS X from the installation discs that came with the new MacBook and then restore from a time machine backup.
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    This seems to be the safest solution to me. Since you have to swap the drive anyway you could try swapping as is and erase/reinstall/restore only if it doesn't work correctly.
  6. bplein macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    Sorry, not necessarily true. I can boot two different laptops with different video cards here just fine from the same drives.

    I read the question wrong, however.

    The quickest way to test this is to put the old macbook hard drive in the new macbook. Macbooks (unlike the MBP model) have easily customer replaceable hard drives. Just swap them and see. My bet is that it works fine.

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