Stuck with upgrading with a partitioned disk and new hard drive to Snow Leopard.Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by castlesinthesky, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. castlesinthesky macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2005
    Dear all,

    I've got a major headache that I hope some of you can suggest in helping to solve my problem. I've previously posted in the OSX section, but no one has replied me=(

    I'm about to upgrade to Snow leopard and I've just got a new 500gb hard drive that i want to replace with my existing drive on my mbp. There lies in my problem.

    I've partitioned my current hard drive into 3 portions and I have absolutely no idea how to go about backing them up and then subsequently restoring them on the new hard drive.I know about carbon copy cloner and the other alternatives, but it seems that I can only clone one "bootable" volume for me to work on.

    What makes my problem worst is that I want to upgrade to Snow Leopard as well and at the same hope to do

    Here's a brief summary on my headache
    -New hard drive that I want to put in
    -Want to port over my data to the new hard drive but am currently partitioned on my current hard drive and have no idea how to "clone" the entire drive over.
    -Want to upgrade to Snow leopard, but am opting to do the clean install method.

    Sorry for the noobish questions, but I've googled all over and can't seem to find a conclusive solution to my headache and I am absolutely new to how I should upgrade from one OS to another version in Mac. I would really appreciate it if some kind soul or guru could give me a step by step walkthrough on how i can transfer my data to my spanking new hard drive and yet at the same time ensure that Snow Leopard is installed on it as clean as it can be.

    Really am thanking you guys in advance for any suggested solutions.
  2. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2008
    Ranchi, India
    This won't solve your whole problem, but it's not a bad idea to have a 3rd hard drive set up as a time machine backup. Then you install new hard drive, install SL and when it asks if you already have a Mac or want to restore from a Time Machine back up - you do it! This isn't super fast and requires an extra hard drive, but it works.

    I don't think you need to clone anything - because you want a new OS, and you want that OS to find the user preferences and settings and files and applications - but not necessarily clone the old file system. I'm assuming the other 2 partitions are just data files? Any reason those need to be cloned, as opposed to just copied?
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    First things first:

    1. How large is each of the three partitions on your CURRENT hard drive?
    2. What is on EACH of them?
    3. Do you want 3 partitions on the NEW hard drive, once it is installed? Or 2, or just one?

    If you set up the new hard drive to have 3 partitions, SuperDuper can clone EACH partition, respectively.

    What do you want the NEW hard drive to "look like" when you are finished?
    How many partitions?
    What do you want on each one?

    When you can answer ALL of these questions, then you'll have a better understanding of "how to get to there from here".

    You might even draw out a flow chart on a blank piece of paper to work things out.

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