Swapping internal hard disk

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EssentialParado, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    I ordered a 250GB 2.5" HDD to replace my 80GB PowerBook drive with. How can I transfer my installation, files, and settings from the old drive to the new one? Is it possible to just drag and drop the file directories to an external HDD and then back onto the new drive?
  2. rbroady macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    good question, im not sure if the migration assistant in the utilities folder can help with this.

    ive been wondering the same thing.
  3. thederby macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2007
    Austin, TX
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  5. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    When I had my MacBook Pro's drive updated from a 80GB drive to a 120GB drive, I sent it to a service that used Carbon Copy Cloner


    :) :apple: :)
  6. bplein macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    1. attach external drive
    2. Assuming it's new/clean, use Disk Utility to partition and format it. Choose the right partition type for your Mac (Intel vs. PPC)
    3. Use SuperDuper to "back up" your internal to the external
    4. After it is complete, test by rebooting, and holding the Option key down to boot from the external
    5. If that works, you can then take your external apart and move the drive to the internal location

    Just make sure that you format it correctly in Disk Utility. To make it easier in SuperDuper, you can name the partition something other than "Macintosh HD". I chose to name mine after the drive model number, aka "7K200"
  7. Hockeypuck macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2006
    The process I use the most:

    1. Install new HDD
    2. Install OSX onto the new HDD
    3. Run through setup until you get to the part where it asks if you'd like to transfer files
    4. Plug old drive in via firewire
    5. Transfer with utility.
  8. EssentialParado thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Thanks for all the replies to my question.

    So, if I use SuperDuper or CCC to create an identical image of my drive on my external HDD, once I put the new internal HDD into my PowerBook how do I get the image off my external drive and onto my internal one?

    edit: nevermind. I found the answer in the superduper guide :)

    Thanks guys!
  9. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Used this method with a USB to SATA cable and SuperDuper and worked perfectly.

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