Transfering files from old hard drive.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gilbert1020, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. gilbert1020 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2008
    Will the Apple Geniuses help me transfer files from my old internal hard drive that came with my Macbook (160 GB) to a new one i upgraded to?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    They should... but your experience at your Apple Store could vary

    It is a fairly simple process and you can do it yourself with minimal time and energy

    You have several different options, but you will need to put your old HDD in an external enclosure, preferably Firewire, but you can use USB

    You will need to format your new drive you purchased
    You do that by booting from the DVD (hold the option key when booting and select the DVD) that came with your computer or a retail version of Leopard
    Using Disk Utility, you select the new drive from the left column
    Select the "erase" tab and use Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    This will format your drive

    Then you can install OS X from the DVD

    Reboot into your new system (holding the option key again, select your HDD)

    If you have your old HDD in a Firewire enclosure, you can use Migration Assistant

    If it is USB, you can either use Disk Copy's restore feature
    Or you can download Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper and clone the old drive to the new Drive

    It may sound intimidating, but it isn't really that difficult
    The users here will be glad to walk you through the process as you have questions

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]

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