Upgrading Mom's MacBook

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  1. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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    My mom has a MacBook Core Duo (the first Intel MacBook). Currently, the OS is Tiger and her internal hard drive is completely full.

    So, I bought her a new internal hard drive and Leopard. How do I upgrade her computer? Do I first install the new internal hard drive and then boot the computer with the Leopard install disk? I want to start from scratch (clean install).

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. sheepopo39 macrumors 6502

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    I'm no expert but I believe thats what you do since you want to do a clean

    Oh and you would have to partition the disk in disk utility before you can install Leopard
     
  3. cmcbridejr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How would I do that?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Just install the drive, then install leopard.

    Do you have all the files from the old drive backed up somewhere, or do you have an enclosure to place the old drive in?

    The installer will take care of it.
     
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    Once you boot to the install disk, goto Disk Utility from the menu and Format the new drive as Mac Extended (Journaled) and then Partition it as 1 (or more if you desire) partition and give it a name like Macintosh HD or whatever and hit the Options button to map it as GUID.
    Now you are ready to install Leopard.
     
  6. cmcbridejr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the help, everyone.

    I managed to upgrade the hard drive in my Mom's MacBook and get Leopard installed. Actually quite easy.

    However, I have a new question and thought that I would continue in this thread.

    Now that I have removed the 80GB hard drive from my Mom's MacBook, can I now get an enclosure and boot Tiger off the external?
     
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  8. cmcbridejr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great!

    Does it matter if it is a firewire or usb enclosure?

    I am sure that Macs used to require firewire to boot off external, but hasn't that changed since moving to Intel?

    I should be able to boot the old internal in a usb enclosure. Right?
     
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    You can boot off a USB enclosure, but firewire is better.
     
  10. BulkHedd macrumors 6502

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    I'm about to upgrade my MacBook's HD as well. I have an external enclosure but I think it's USB only. What I want to do is install the new drive and do a fresh install of Leopard and all the updates. Can I put the old drive into the enclosure and copy all of my music, pictures, documents AND installed software over easily? Maybe using migration assistant?

    EDIT: I just remembered I am using Time Machine so will Leopard rebuild my system from the Time Machine backups after a fresh OS install???
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes.
     
  12. BulkHedd macrumors 6502

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    Would it be best for me to just put in the new drive, format it and do the restore directly from the OS X DVD or should I go ahead an install Leopard, THEN do the restore?
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I restored directly from the DVD, and I've had no problems. Faster this way too since you don't have to install the OS first.

    But, if you want a clean install, just install OS X, then use migration assistant.
     
  14. BulkHedd macrumors 6502

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    Well I just got the new drive installed and formatted. I attempted to do the Time Machine restore but after I select the Time Machine backup it just sits there at the Select a Destination screen "searching for disks". Nothing happens.
     
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    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
     
  17. cmcbridejr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, ya'll!

    I just wanted to chime in on my experiences.

    I upgraded my Mom's laptop with the new hard drive and it was a very simple process. Just put the new one in and boot up. The Leopard install disc walks you through the rest of the steps. No problems.

    Thanks for all the help!
     
  18. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    install new hd with leopard, then use migration assistant to copy the files from older one.
     

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