Replacing hard drive. quick question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bep207, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. bep207 macrumors 6502

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    I bought a 250gb hard drive for my MBP. I am replacing the 80gb hard drive that came with my MBP as it is nearly full.

    I want to be able to have my computer exactly like it is now, but with about 150gb of free space.

    I have a USB enclosure that will fit the drive that is currently in my MBP. After I get the new, bigger drive in the computer. What do I do to copy my old drive onto the new one?

    THanks
    Blake
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    Carbon Copy Cloner is free and works really well. There are other apps as well.

    I recommend putting the new drive in the enclosure, cloning it, booting from it to test it, then swapping them.
     
  3. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    great idea
    thanks


    to boot from it, i just restart holding T right?
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    Nah, that puts it into Firewire target mode. There's a key combo I forget, but you can always use System Preferences...->Startup Disk to choose the external and then reboot. :)
     
  5. solvs macrumors 603

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    You could hold down Option while booting, but I don't know if it'll boot from USB.

    CCC usually works perfectly for me though.
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    any of the intel macs can boot from USB without a problem. and CCC is great and so is SuperDuper!
     

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