Just wondering if there are any best practices with regards to getting the data to and from the drive currently in my machine to the newest. I know I am probably opening pandora's box by asking for this because everyone has an idea on how to do it and i know alot of it is not uniform. This is the link that apple provides for the physical DIY installation: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook_13inch_HardDrive_DIY.pdf The one thing I cannot find is a DIY guide the how to do the transfer of data. I know Migration Assistant is one way to get it done ( but I am sort of stuck on what comes 1st...sort of the chicken or the egg syndrome). Take out the harddrive and a fresh reinstall on the new is another method Others say clone 1st...then do the Harddrive upgrade using a 3rd party. I am pretty sure I can do the physical part...im probably overthinking the data transfer portion. Any help is appriciated.