Quick transplant?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SC68Cal, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    Hey all, I had a HD crash in my Ti Book so I borrowed a very tiny slow 10Gb hard drive to hold me over while I purchase a replacement hard drive.

    Now, to save myself a bit of actual effort, I've ran some updates and put my system back the way I like it with preferences and wireless WEP keys and such.

    Here's my question:

    Using disk utility, could I make an image and copy everything directly over to the new hard drive when I put it in? Possibly by using the Restore function under disk utility?

    I do have filevault installed as well, and my home directory is encrypted. Would this affect the copying? I'm hoping not since I'd be copying over the entire hard drive and OS which contains the key to unlock the encryption.

    I'm trying to avoid buying a laptop drive enclosure (which I have at work) while at the same time not waiting a few days until I return to work (the weekend)
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Your best bet is Carbon Copy Cloner, which can make a perfect clone. I know it works on a direct disk-to-disk clone, but I've never tried cloning to a disk image and restoring from that. I would think it would work, except for the fact that you'd need to be booting from some sort of external to do the restore.

    Not 100% sure how FileValut will effect CCC. I'd expect it to work, but no promises. Perhaps you can turn it off, do the clone, then turn it back on...?
  3. SC68Cal thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006

    Okay everyone, I had a painless transition to my new hard drive. I went and bought a Western Digital 120 gig hard drive and here's how I transferred all my stuff from the quickfix hard drive to the new one.

    Booted from OS X CD, opened disk utility

    Created an image of the internal hard drive and saved the image to an external.

    Turned off machine, replaced hard drive, booted to OS X cd.

    Opened up Disk Utility, went to Image, Scan For Restore, selected the DMG file that I had created in the last step, quick formatted the new hard drive so I had a logical volume, then used the Restore tab, and then let Disk Utility go to work.

    The only problem I encountered was after booting up, my home directory had a capacity limit of 10GB, which I believe is because the old hard drive had a physical capacity limit of 10gb.

    All I did was disable file fault, let the machine decrypt it, then just logged back in and re-enabled file vault and let it do it's thing again. Now I can use every bit of my new hard drive's capacity.

    Pretty painless, and no need to use any 3rd party utilities.
  4. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada

    It speeds up the process if you scan the image for restore.

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