Swapping Hard Drives

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kmansinger, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. kmansinger macrumors newbie

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    I have a iMac 20 with a small 3.5 hard drive and I have bought a bigger 360 gig 3.5 hard drive to replace the old one. I have the new one in an external case with USB 2.0 right now. Is there some way I can transfer the entire contents of the old hard drive on to the new one and then swap out the old drive with the new drive and not miss a beat?
    Thanks
    Kman
     
  2. kmansinger thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks
    I downloaded Carbon Copy and now I need to partition my hard drive. I went to Disk Utility but I don't know which format style to use. I know I need to use Apple Partition Map but not sure which format to choose.
    Kman
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    If your iMac is Intel-based, then you need to initialize it with GUID partition table, not APM (which is for PowerPC cpus). HFS+ with journaling enabled.
     
  4. kmansinger thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, HFS+ with journaling and Apple partition map.
     

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