When copying files to a new SSD...

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  1. mpt-matthew macrumors regular

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    I have decided to purchase a samsung SSD for my MBP.

    When copying my files to the new ssd there are a few options.
    I could use disk utility, use copyclone, superduper etc.

    Which should I use.

    Also, when I copy my OS across, will it copy the recovery partition?
    If not how do i ensure my OS is copied correctly?

    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Here's a simple approach:
    1. Buy an external enclosure and put your old drive in it.
    2. Install your new drive in your Mac.
    3. Boot from your old (external) drive by holding the Option key on startup.
    4. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the old (external) drive to the new (internal) drive.
    5. Boot from the new internal drive.
    6. Your now running on your new internal drive and your old drive is now an external drive, useful for backups or additional storage.
    Yes.
    Boot from the new drive.
     
  3. mpt-matthew thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is what i was planning to do (but to have the new drive in the enclosure while copying).
    But will this copy the whole OS including recovery partition?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A few have encountered problems trying to boot after moving the newly-cloned drive from the external to the internal. It's better to boot from the old drive in the external enclosure, then clone to the new drive mounted internally.
    Read the rest of my post.
     
  5. mpt-matthew thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ahh, thanks for the tip. I thought there must be a reason for doing it this way!


    Sorry, completely missed that! Thanks
     

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