upgrade mpb drive - old drive in external case

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 4now, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. 4now macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to slip my old drive that was in my MBP into an external case

    and after installing a new drive

    restore from the old drive.

    What is the process?
    And is this an easy way to have things just the way they were
    without having to reinstall apps

    thanks
     
  2. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

    m3coolpix

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    Did this in my MBP just a few months ago.

    Get a SATA/USB2 drive enclosure.

    Get a copy of Carbon Copy Cloner.

    Put new drive in enclosure.

    Format with disk utility.

    Use CCC to clone MBP drive to new drive.

    Swap drives and reboot.

    Done.
     
  3. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    oops

    so just format mac extended journalled..
     
  4. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

    m3coolpix

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    Well, many SATA drives nowdays technically don't have to be formatted, they are ready to be partitioned with Disk Utility. Then, during the partitioning step, it'll format if it needs to (IIRC).

    Carbon copy cloner will have questions/steps to get the new drive bootable.

    I made sure to search for/buy a drive that others had left feedback/comments on that they successfully used it in a MBP. Newegg.com or Other World Computing are two good places to look for either Seagate or Hitachi drives.

    HTH.
     
  5. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok so now CCC is cloning onto the new drive
    partition map GUID
    mac os x ext journaled

    do I need to name the new drive
    'MacBook Pro HD'
    ?
     

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