Swapping Macbook HD's?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dextertangocci, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    Hi guys

    I have the original CD 2Ghz MB with a 60GB HD. My dad just got a blackbook with a 160GB HD. He says he doesn't need all that HD space, so if I want I can swop my HD for his.

    Is this possible? I know the MB has a user updgradable HD, but how would I make an exact copy of my HD onto the blacbooks HD? The blacbook has nothing on the HD yet so it's alright if it gets erased. I have a 250GB external HD that I could use for temporary storage.

    Thanks in advance:)

  2. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Hmm.. I have an idea. There's one thing I have to ask first though: Would you be able to clone to and boot from your external HD?
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Couldn't you just use Migration Assistant to move everything over from your existing HD X onto the new HD Z? Then physically swap HD Z into your MacBook, move your original HD X into your dad's MB and then do an "Erase & Install" to give it that spic 'n' span, fresh-outta-the box feeling?
  4. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    Oh yes.. Thanks, never thought of that.. But do you know if it would copy everything the way I have it now, apps, preferences etc?

  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    you could use superduper! to clone your drive onto your dad's drive, swap drives and use immediately. then all you have to do is reinstall mac os x onto your dad's macbook.

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