Swapping HDDs - backup

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by edblor, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. edblor macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Hi all,

    I'd like to pop in a larger HDD, and I have a clean install (just loaded OS X yesterday), so I'd like to avoid a re-install of the OS and applications.

    If I pop in a larger HDD, can I just connect the MBP to the first HDD in an external case, and re-image the new larger HDD?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
  3. edblor thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Thank you for your response!

    Now, can I connect via USB? Or is Firewire the only way to go here.

    Lastly, will it copy over everything? OS, applications and settings?

    Laptop is a 2.16GHz 17" MBP BTW.

  4. ilikebeer macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2009
    Use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to clone the existing drive to the new one in an external enclosure first. Then try to boot from the external. There shouldn't any problems, but if there are, at least you save yourself the hassle of taking out the new drive in case there's something physically wrong with it.

    Just my two cents (from a bad experience)....

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