Swapping hard drive, retaining data (including boot camp)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fredsherbet, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. fredsherbet macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Hertford, England
    I've been googling and thinking, but i'm not sure what the easiest way is going to be, so I thought I'd ask for some help :)

    I have an 80GB macbook, and a new 250GB hard drive is waiting in the post office for me to collect :D

    Currently, I have 3 partitions:
    Macintosh HD (20GB)
    Data (40GB)
    XP (15GB)

    if possible, I'd like to just make the new drive an image of my current one (except make all partitions larger, and possibly have a second Macintosh HD partition as a sandbox)

    I also have an iPod 160GB or oodles of hard drive space on a networked windows PC (although i have gigabit, the PC is extremely slow... about 15MB/s (Bytes) is the max)

    so ! how to do it?!

    If i make images of the two mac partitions (Mac HD and Data) using SuperDuper! onto the iPod, can they be restored using disk utility from the macbook's boot DVD? then how do i get the windows partition across. If i use a similar program (maybe norton ghost) in windows to make an image can that be restored in a similar way, and will i be able to boot into either partition?

    One final point, is that SuperDuper seems to be extremely slow :( the max link rate is 15MB/s but superduper trundles along at 2.4MB/s

  2. fredsherbet thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Hertford, England
    Now that the Americans (the bulk of the forum) are coming waking up and coming online, i thought i'd give my post a bump and an update :p

    I'm copying the data as is to the iPod and made an image of the mac system drive using superduper (also on the iPod) so i'm hoping diskutility off the MB dvd will recognise the iPod hard drive.

    I think I'm going to just start again with the windows partition. It isn't particularly mature, so it'll have to do :p unless anyone knows a quick/easy way to make an image of it?

    And now i'm trying to think how to use o so much extra storage :D woot! I'm wondering whether to put my mp3 collection on the macbook... or would that just be a waste? atm I have my iPod for out and about, and in the house i have my music stored on a network drive, backed up to a portable drive which i can take with me if i need iTunes on the go... although that solution is turning out not be ideal, since the backups don't tend to work properly :(

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