switch hard drives

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  1. calsci macrumors 6502

    calsci

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    at the moment i have a 120 GB hard drive installed on my macbook. i have a 500 Gb internal hard drive sitting next me. I just have one question. how can I

    1. ...transfer all my information from the 120 to the 500?

    2. if it is say a bootable image will i need to install any thing
    2b. if so what and how?

    note i do not have an external hardrive
     
  2. stringbeanie macrumors 6502

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    Easiest way is to buy an external enclosure for the 500GB drive and then use the free version of a program called Super Duper which creates the bootable clone and voila, swap them out.
     
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

    GfulDedFan

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    I second this method. It's worked for me over and over every time. Make sure that you buy a SATA enclosure. When the operation's complete, you have the old 120GB in the enclosure to use as an external drive. -GDF
     
  4. calsci thread starter macrumors 6502

    calsci

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    ok so if i understand this right

    1. put the 500GB in an enclosure
    2. conect the drive to my macbook
    3. run super duper creating a bootable clone on the 500
    4. swithch the 500 and the 120
    5. boot up my computer and it will be just like when i had the 120 just alot more space

    am i missing anything in the process or is it really that simple
     
  5. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    Nope that will work great. Then you have your old drive in an external enclosure to use for whatever you want.
     
  6. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the info guys. I'll be needing to use it soon.
     
  7. calsci thread starter macrumors 6502

    calsci

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    7200 vs 5400

    i was wondering since i have the white macbook would there be a draw back to having a 7200 rpm drive in there. would there be a heat issue. I'm just curious ?
     
  8. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

    GfulDedFan

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    There are many articles and discussions on this subject and I can only speak from my own experiences. I've had a 120GB 7200rpm Seagate and a 320GB 7200rpm Western Digital in my First Gen MacBook and neither drive gave me any trouble with heat, battery life, or vibration. Was I just lucky? I think not.
     
  9. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    Almost! My suggestion:
     

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