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macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 20, 2008
So, I'm planning on getting a new Air when they come out (hopefully on monday) and I'd like to take out the internal HDD of my current white MacBook and put it in an enclosure so that all of my files are safe. My question is will I be able to access the files of that hard drive if I do this? For example, if I plug the enclosure (now with my internal HDD in it) into my new Mac's USB port will I see the Macintosh HD or will it not be readable? Thanks.


macrumors 65816
May 20, 2002
Dallas, TX USA
Yes, everything will be readable. In fact, you can put that drive in an external case and, when OS X first boots up, you can point to it as the "other Mac volume" source and restore your files onto the new computer.


macrumors member
Jan 29, 2008
This will work as mentioned earlier, though "easy" and "complicated" might mean different things for each of us.

If "easy" means transferring file directly from a HD to another, this is for you.

But many people (and myself), would probably prefer it this way:

1) Do a time machine backup of your old computer (on another HD, or a time capsule...)
2) Restore the backup on the new computer: when you boot up OSX for the first time on the new Air, it will ask you if you have a time machine backup at hand.

The advantage of the above is that it is fully automated, there is absolutely no configuration to make or HD enclosure to open. It just takes a bit more time, but that's time you can spend having a drink, not clicking on buttons sorting your files :)

Time Machine restores everything, from programs to files (though you can make exceptions if you play with the backup options). In the worst case, some paid software suits may ask for your license key on the new Air on the first launch.
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