Upgrading macbook hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bernwg, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Bernwg macrumors newbie

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    Ok so i wanted to upgrade my macbook pro 15" (late 2009) from its original 250 gb hard drive with a new 750gb hardrive.

    So i bought a new WD 750gb SATAII 2.5" 5400rpm with an external case.


    Then i opened disk utility, cloned my original hard drive to the new one (straight from the box)

    Opened the mac, replaced the hard drives. However it didnt work.

    At first, i got the folder with the question mark. Restarted the computer than got the circle with diagonal line through it.

    What step did i miss. Did i need to format the new hard drive to something first? does the SATAII not read on the mac book pro?

    Help on this would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you

    Bern :apple:
     
  2. NZed macrumors 65816

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    did you format the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) yet???
     
  3. Bernwg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the reply
    no i havent, should i have done that before cloning the hardrive?
     
  4. NZed macrumors 65816

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    wait, by clone what do you mean???

    and yes u should've format the drive to Mac OS extended(journaled)
     
  5. Bernwg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    clone i mean restore, i.e copy whats on my original hard drive onto the new one.
     
  6. NZed macrumors 65816

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    well, it would've worked if you formatted the drive to Mac OS Extended(journaled) or maybe it would work, but i recommend CCC(carbon copy cloner) since it copies everything or what you need.

    Or just use Time Machine
     
  7. Bee?30 macrumors newbie

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    Just completed an upgrade to a 500gb hard drive on Macbook in the last week too!!

    I used the Free download of superduper to clone the hard drive.

    Formatted drive through disc utility under erase & (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)function and then open super duper to start the cloning process.

    It took three hours to complete and once installed it worked a treat...the only thing I needed to change was in preferences I had to re select the new Hard drive as the default bootable drive.

    After this was completed it now only takes 20 seconds to boot up my Mac!! :)
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You have to format the drive to HFS+(Mac OS X extended journaled) before copying everything over. SuperDuper, CCC or time machine would also work once the formatting is done.
     

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