Replacing hdd in uMBP, now what about OS

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  1. kels0119 macrumors member

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    I tried MRoogling this and I couldn't find anything, maybe I wasn't phrasing it right but...

    I have a 15in uMBP Intel Dore 2 Duo and I upgraded it to 4gb RAM, I have a 250gb hard drive and I'm down to like 60gb remaining. I do photography editing and some design work but I hate using and ext hard drive (because I am bad at keeping track of it).

    I am planning on getting a new hdd and replacing it myself but once that's done I just power up and pop in the software disc that came with the laptop? I guess it's kind of a n00b question but I am used to stupid windows and all their serial number bs. The only other thing is all my apps thru iTunes, is that stored remotely so when I reinstall they will be there or do I need to export those like I do my music?

    Is there any easier way to do this that I am over looking or is there a thread that talks about it that I have missed? Any tips or links would be greatly appreciated...
    Thanks
     
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  3. Wibblemonster macrumors newbie

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    Do a Time Machine backup before you change the drive, then once the new drive is in, pop the Leopard disc in the drive & hold down 'C' on the keyboard to get it to boot from the drive. Partition, format & install. when OSX loads, there is an option to restore from a Time Machine back-up, using the Migration assistant, bosh, job done - your Mac should be back to where you were before the HDD swap, but with more room1 :cool:
     
  4. Beefy macrumors member

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    After you install the new drive, you boot from the OS disk. First go to disk utility and create a single partition as hfs+ journaled. Then after the format you should be good to go with installing the OS. If you take a time machine backup of your current drive, a simple restore should bring you back to where you were with your files.

    As for iTunes, I'm not positive, but I believe the apps you've purchased are linked to your account.

    I've been researching because my 750GB drive will be here tomorrow. :)


    DAMN! I'm a slow typer today. :D
     
  5. megamanbnmaster macrumors 6502

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    Copy the Itunes Media Library.xml and iTunes Library from ./My Music/iTunes/ to the new HD's ./My Music/iTunes/. That should recover all ur songs if u use them in an external HD.

    Hell, just copy the entire ./My Music/iTunes/ Folder and replace it, Better be safe. =D
     
  6. kels0119 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the great tips, I haven't picked a hdd yet but when I do it I will report back with the details.
     
  7. kels0119 thread starter macrumors member

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    I am currently in the process of a backup with Carbon Copy Cloner to an external hdd.

    After that I just install the new hdd, turn on, boot from the OS disk, format it, then restore from my external hdd? I guess that's all. I think I am just making myself paranoid over it...

    does that sound about right?
     
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    You boot from the cloned backup via holding down the OPTION key during startup and selecting the clone.
    Once the cloned Mac OS X has fully loaded, start Disk Utility (Spotlight will find it), erase the volume/partition with the defunct Mac OS X installation.

    Then open CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper (whichever application you took in the first place) and choose the newly formatted (erased) partition/volume as target and clone the working backup back to it.
     
  9. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Time machine is what makes me love mac's. Doing something like this is such a breeze. Time machine backup, swap drives, install OSX, restore from backup.
     
  10. kels0119 thread starter macrumors member

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    Done!

    Wow!:D That was so much easier then I thought it was going to be. I was really preparing for the worst. I don't know why though.

    Followed what y'all suggested and I pretty much did what Spinnerlys said. Was done quickly (as quick as transferring 190 gigs over). So thanks to all of you guys for the tips and instructions.

    I ended up getting the Seagate Momentus 500gb 7200.4... I previously upgraded to 4gbs ram.

    Anyways, thanks again! Y'all rock!
     

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