8 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 3:09 AM by faisal.alfadhel
faisal.alfadhel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

IF I only have 1 Mac with data and setting that I do not want to loose, can I use a hard drive to migrate too data and setting until my Mac is for matted and ready to be re-loaded ? Whats the closest migration benefits I could get having 1 mac?

  • 1. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,055 points)

    Use a program such as Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your existing system to that drive, and then either clone it back or migrate from that system afterwards.

     

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  • 2. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    What are you trying to accomplish? and for what reason?

     

    Where is your problem located? If it's in the User account and you migrate just that your problem will return

     

    If I can understand and recommend the best solution.

  • 3. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    faisal.alfadhel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok.

    My laptop is due to be checked in for repair for the 2nd time. This time the Logic board and Thermal sink will be changed. I was told there might be a need to format the whole Hard Drive to run the tests and make sure the problem is not because of appliations running on my hard drive.

     

    I have already spent long time backing up my data from my old MacBook Pro to this current one I am using which is fairly new - I have gone through the migrate assistance so that all the settings, data, password keys ... websites and all are tranferred to the new MacBook Pro I am using now. Now that they need it for repair,  I no longer have my Old MacBook pro to migrate all the data, applications and setting to. So I am thinking of a way to perform this without having another MacBook Pro to rely on.

     

    That said, so that when the repairs return my Macbook Pro back to me, I could restore the data, applications and all the settings as it was.

     

    Please help.

     

    I am not sure if Carbon copy is exactly what I need as Niel suggested Above. Cheers.

  • 4. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    I am not sure if Carbon copy is exactly what I need as Niel suggested Above. Cheers.

     

    CCC or a similar backup program is exactly what you need.  That and an external drive.  use CCC to make a Bootable "clone" of your drive.  Test it out by booting from it while connected.  Now you can always restore your original drive from the backup with CCC to the exact same state it was in when you did that backup.

  • 5. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    You can do the same fom Disk Utility.

     

    When you get the new drive it will likely be formatted for Windows, or at best as FAT32, so you will need to format it before using it.

     

    Connect the drive to the MBP and power it on.

    Open Disk Utility (Applications > Utolities)

    In DU, select your external drive in the sidebar (the top item with the makers name and serial no.).

    Click the partition tab. Select the partiton from the drop-down above the graphic; 1 partiton is all you need.

    Go to the options button and ensure that the partition scheme is GUID and the file system to Mac OS Extended (Journalled).

    Name the partiton (For instance, 'backup'), click Apply.

     

    When the new volume ('backup' in the example) appears;

    Switch to the Restore tab;

    Drag Macintosh HD from the sidebar to the Source window,

    Drag 'backup' to the destination window.

    Click Apply.

     

    Go away and have a meal or something; the clone will take some time.

     

    When it's finished, be sure you eject the external (backup) drive before disconnecting it.

     

    (sorry if I've oversimplified, but it sometimes helps).

  • 6. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    faisal.alfadhel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For some reason it says Restore failure when I am using the method you have suggested through Disk Utility.

     

    Message appears as: Could not Validate source - Error 254

  • 7. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    faisal.alfadhel wrote:


    So I am thinking of a way to perform this without having another MacBook Pro to rely on.

     

    First off you don't want to migrate or save settings from a corrupt drive

     

    Just use a regular external drive and drag and drop copy your Users folders of: Music, Pictures, Documents and so forth, NOT Library.

     

    When you get the new harddrive it will have a fresh install of OS X, setup a same named account as before and you will need to install your programs from fresh sources, then finally the files from the storage drive right into their same folders like before.

     

    This is known as a "Fresh Install" method, it's more time consuming, however it's the only way to weed out all the possible corruption caused by failing hardware as only good vetted files are returned.

     

    Do not migrate from a possible corrupted source, bad hard drives can corrupt data and your just restoring the crap back so your problems can return.

  • 8. Re: My Mac will undergo major change
    faisal.alfadhel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you all for your help and input. Much appreciated. I have done it.