Replacing HDD for beginners

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by knarzie, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. knarzie, Sep 3, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011

    knarzie macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008
    A lifelong fiddle-ophobe, I have recently upgraded my RAM smoothly and with great success. My new hard drive has arrived today and I am just about to replace it. One last question:

    rather than cloning my old drive, I want to do it with Time Machine. Could one of you knowledgeable people talk me through this? When I start up with the blank drive inside, I read something about having to partition it first, but I have no idea what that means? When exactly do I connect the external time machine drive? Before I even turn the machine on, or after I've partitioned it (and turned it off again?)

    Thank you for being so patient with me!

    edit: will I have to put Lion recovery assistant on a USB stick first?
  2. knarzie thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008

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