Upgrading harddrive, how to transfer applications?

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  1. Lexraider1, Sep 23, 2011
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    Lexraider1 macrumors newbie

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    Looks like I'll be doing some work on my early 2008 15inch Macbook Pro this weekend. My battery died from the pregnant battery syndrome and I'm also going to be upgrading the harddrive to a 750gb model.

    I'll be going with a Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7200-RPM unless someone can convince me of a better option. I'll probably just throw the old harddrive in an enclosure to access a lot of the files on there, so I really just want to transfer the applications from my current harddrive.

    What's the easiest way to transfer all my applications from the old drive to the new one? I have OS X Lion if it makes a difference. I've read a few different things and some say to install the new drive first, others suggest to connect the new drive to the laptop, transfer and then install. Not sure what is the best method.

    Thanks
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    im new to Mac but i think Time Machine to a external hard drive is the easiest way
     
  3. fsckminix6 macrumors regular

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    As mentioned above... backup current drive... make a recovery USB stick for lion then remove old drive and install new boot off lion recovery USB and restore from your backup.
     
  4. AndreyATC macrumors newbie

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    Can the existing HD be backed up to new drive and then swap them?
    Is there a need for flash drive?
     
  5. dakine17 macrumors newbie

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    Was wondering the same thing. Can u just make a robocopy of the old HD?
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    A program like SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner is great for this.
     
  7. Lexraider1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So with TimeMachine, Super Duper or Carbon Copy, can you pick to just backup the applications for migration later?

    I don't want to fill up the new drive with all my files from the drive I'm replacing, I'd rather just keep this as an external since I no longer access a lot of the files on a frequent basis. My thoughts are that I would just copy over the files I do use frequently (music, pictures) but not transfer everything and immediately clutter the new drive.
     
  8. Badrottie Suspended

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    what is the difference between Time Machine and Carbon Copy??? I am going to buy Seagate GoFlex 500GB next week for my MBP.
     
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but time machines backs up just the os x partition and carbon copy would backup your bootcamp partition aswell
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    CarbonCopyCloner and SuperDuper create bootable clone images. Time machine backups cannot be directly bootable.

    I don't think CCC or SuperDuper will copy a bootcamp partition.
     
  11. Badrottie Suspended

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    If I am to back up all apps and data using Time Machine then do clean install OSX and restore apps and data back to HDD?

    Carbon Copy is like Acronics True Image for Windows PC
     

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