Questions on macbook harddrive replacing

Nweeks14

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Alright, so physically putting it in is nothing. I can do that, but my question is once it is in it is of course blank. So do you just have to install everything from scratch off of your install disks? I was wondering if there is an easy way to get the stuff from my stock seagate drive to the new drive if and when I get it.
 

gman71882

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Nweeks14 said:
So do you just have to install everything from scratch off of your install disks? I was wondering if there is an easy way to get the stuff from my stock seagate drive to the new drive if and when I get it.
There is a great program called Carbon Copy Cloner which can Duplicate the original Drive. Get an External FIREWIRE Enclosure for the New Drive you buy. Put the NEW drive in it & hook it up to the Macbook and use Carbon Copy to create an exact duplicate of the original. When you swap out the drives the replacement will work just like the original. And you'll have an enclosure for the "old" drive as backup.

OR

If you cant do that and you want to do a Clean install this is how:
Install the new Hard Drive. Then Boot off the Grey OSX Restor cd by putting the cd in and holding the "C" key at startup. Before you install anything you will have to initialize the drive. In the top menu there there is a Utilities Menu - Open Disk untility from it and erase the drive and intialize it as Mac OS Extended(Journaled). Then you can install OSX on it.
 

medea

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Follow the directions posted above.

If you are just looking for what came on your HD from Apple then the install discs are all you should need. Of course I'm not sure if the third party stuff will be included such as Comic Life. If you had already started putting stuff on the other hd and that information is what you are looking for then you should burn all the information onto disc instead of using a program such as Carbon Copy Cloner.


Edit:
Just follow the steps here if you haven't done this before http://www.apple.com/macosx/switch/howto/dvd.html
 

Nweeks14

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May 17, 2006
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gman71882 said:
There is a great program called Carbon Copy Cloner which can Duplicate the original Drive. Get an External FIREWIRE Enclosure for the New Drive you buy. Put the NEW drive in it & hook it up to the Macbook and use Carbon Copy to create an exact duplicate of the original. When you swap out the drives the replacement will work just like the original. And you'll have an enclosure for the "old" drive as backup.

OR

If you cant do that and you want to do a Clean install this is how:
Install the new Hard Drive. Then Boot off the Grey OSX Restor cd by putting the cd in and holding the "C" key at startup. Before you install anything you will have to initialize the drive. In the top menu there there is a Utilities Menu - Open Disk untility from it and erase the drive and intialize it as Mac OS Extended(Journaled). Then you can install OSX on it.
I have an external usb travelstar hd enclosure. Would that work instead of getting a firewire enclosure with the program you mention to copy stuff onto the new drive?
 

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