New MBP - Can I just "Mirror" HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BasilFawlty, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Location:
    New Mexico
    #1
    I just unboxed my new MBP (13 inch). It's all set up, but I want to swap the 320GB HD that it came with with a 500GB Seagate Momentus Hybrib. Is there a way I can do a total copy of the OS and everything, settings included, from my MBP stock 320GB to the Momentus drive, so that I just have to swap out the drives, turn it on and I'm good? Or is it more complicated than that??
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #2
    Put the 500GB in an external enclosure. Then use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your internal drive to the external, then swap the drives and boot up. Your 320GB now becomes an external drive for backups or additional storage.
     
  3. squeakr macrumors 68000

    squeakr

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2010
    #3
    You can mirror it< but the hidden recovery partition will not be copied only the main partition.
     
  4. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Location:
    New Mexico
    #4
    So what do I need to do to have Lion on the larger HD WITH the hidden recover partition? Do I need to purchase a new copy of Lion?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #5
    It will be copied if you use CCC and do a block copy. Or you can restore it using the Lion Recovery Disk
    Assistant
    .
     
  6. squeakr macrumors 68000

    squeakr

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2010
    #6
    Thanks, GG. I thought everything I read said it didn't copy it. Good to know it will.
     
  7. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Location:
    New Mexico
    #7
    I don't see a price - is CCC Freeware?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #8
    Yes, it's free.
     

Share This Page