Replacing hard drive. quick question

bep207

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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
 

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.
 

bep207

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great idea
thanks


to boot from it, i just restart holding T right?
 

jsw

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great idea
thanks


to boot from it, i just restart holding T right?
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. :)
 

solvs

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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.
 

PlaceofDis

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