Taking the hard drive out and using it to restore to new computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ELaurens, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. ELaurens macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2009
    Is there any reason I can't just take my old hard drive out of my macbook, put it in a hard drive enclosure, and open it on my macbook (with the new hard drive in), and retrieve everything by using Time Machine? Or will my files at least be there on the hard drive to drag to applications/settings (for me to manually restore everything)?
  2. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    What I did was run down to the local Fry's Electronics and picked up an external drive enclosure. I then ran carbon cloner and copy the internal HD to the new HD (that I temp put in the enclosure).

    Then I put the new HD in my computer - it worked perfect.
  3. PaulexPC macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    I bought a mac hard drive once from a friend. He pulled it out of a tower mac and just popped it into my G4 lamp. I couldn't believe that the OS could deal with. I mean it just booted up smooth and happy. That was when I made the switch from PC to Mac.

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