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Hard drive upgrade macbook pro

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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,345 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 1:06 PM (in response to Csound1)


  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:23 PM (in response to wjosten)

    wjosten wrote:




  • aksello Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 6:18 AM (in response to Bimmer 7 Series)

    Hi, he mentiones in the post that that doesnt apply if your running snow leopard. Can you or anybody confirm this. Is it not posible to clone with carbon cooier and replace hdd if you are still running snow leopard?

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 7:01 AM (in response to aksello)

    If you're running SL, can still use the free version of CCC. Mountain Lion-compatible version is no longer free.

  • aksello Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 9:53 AM (in response to Courcoul)

    Ok, so its has nothing to do with the drive. I actually have a ccc registered version. So it shouldnt be a problem, right?

  • jhiachern Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2013 3:17 AM (in response to Randy Jedlink)

    Hi guys, I've recently upgraded a Seagate 500GB hard drive on my MBP too. But I noticed that I've stopped getting the clicking sound on the "sudden motion sensor" whenever I move my MBP. Is this sensor built-in in the original hard drive only or it is on a different mechanism encasing the hard-drive?



  • willbro9 Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2013 2:06 PM (in response to camonty83)

    (17jan2013) Just completed drive upgrade and learned some things:

    1. Properly partition the new drive GUID Partition Table (GPT) scheme
    2. Eject, Remove and reboot, then replug external drive before test bootability
    3. Remove the torx screws from the side of your old drive and put them in your new drive
    4. Paralells 8.0.1810 seemed to transfer fine (has a Windows 7 partition)

    (see below)


    2010 MacBook 13" (AKA fembot)  (2.4 gHz Intel, 4gb RAM, Hitachi 250?gb, Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.2 )



    Read this thread and

    Bought a Sabrent external USB drive enclosure (EC-3US25) and

    Installed a Seagate Momentus 5400rpm drive ( we call this newEX)

    Connected this newEX to my fembot and

    Ran Disk Utility, partitioned and formatted new hard drive (still in external enclosure)

    again Read this thread and


    On the MacBook:

    Run Recovery Disk Assistant - make a usb stick of my OS recovery

    Remove mp3's and movies that I could copy back later (makes your cloning faster)

    Run Time Machine on the original drive

    Run Disk Utility verify and repair permissions, verify and repair disk (original drive)

    Download and install Carbon Coder 3.5.2, read their directions

    Realize that I had partitioned newEX as Master Boot Record rather than GUID Partition Table (GPT) scheme

    (this is essential for making the new drive Bootable - more info on Carbon Coder website)

    (1) Ran Disk Utility again On the new drive still in external enclosure, properly partition using GPT

    Start Clone (Carbon Coder will hold your hand, just read the screen and the help docs)


    Copying 200gb took a few hours


    Test bootability of new Clone:   Restart, hold down Option key, after boot, look at About This Mac

              What? Still says the old volume... tried this 3 different ways, finally by fluke...


    (2) Turned Mac off, removed external enclosure, booted from original drive okay! Turned it off.

    Hooked up newClone, booted with option key, okay. Now it worked. Bootability confirmed!

    Probably could have just ejected and shut down, then reboot w/ Option key. Whatever.


      Now... since i have time to kill, i go to apple store.

          "Here's my drive, its golden, replace it for me. I'm still on Apple Care."

           Kid, "Sir, we can only sell you a new drive and do that." 



    So back at the pad... hmm... should I look for that Torx before I start? Nah.


    At the kitchen table on a place mat (clean):

    Flip the mac, use the screwdriver that came with the Sabrent and

    Remove the screws from bottom of case and place them in a tea cup

    Pull the bottom case panel, get a clean cloth and wipe 2 years of dust

    Find the drive, remove the 2 black screws from the outside edge

    on the other side of the drive, Loosen 2 black screws and lift up and remove the bar

    Lift up drive and pull cable connector gently away

    (3) use Torx to remove screws from side of old drive - this is how it is held in place in the case

    Place torx screws in 4 side holes of new drive, firm, not loose, not permanent

    Place (gently) connector of ribbon cable

    Lay drive in place (or dust under there first)

    Replace black screws and clamp bar

    Dust a bit inside your machine, eh?

    Replace lid, and screws (firm)


    Now... hold your breath. Boot your mac with your new drive.


    Test your old drive in the enclosure, Etc. etc. etc.


    Run time machine on your new drive (oops, haven't done that yet)


    Paralells 8.0.1810 seemed to transfer fine but frankly Mountain Lion seems to have made that excrutiatingly slow. Perhaps evil apple wants me to buy a faster Intel chip and more RAM? That means a new machine.


    Oi. Thanks for all the input

  • HydroTEC Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2013 6:16 PM (in response to Bimmer 7 Series)

    This was a great post!! Thanks

  • blinkybill Calculating status...
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    Mar 9, 2013 11:47 PM (in response to TheBlackMetal)

    g'day, i'm got a macbook4,1 pro with xp on bootcamp and need a bigger hd.

         just wondering if you got yours done ,and the best way to go about it ,or what did you find that worked successfully for you.

    love to hear from you.



  • AC502 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to wjosten)

    When I startup after cloning and inserting the new drive I'm getting the Question Mark folder icon and can't get past it. Any help would be appreciated!

  • g1ose Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 12, 2013 1:36 AM (in response to camonty83)

    Can anyone suggest a good powered enclosure? I'm struggling to find anything powered or rated well on reviews in the uk?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,735 points)
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    May 12, 2013 3:40 AM (in response to g1ose)

    OWC, who ship internationally, have a great number of powered enlcosures.



  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    May 12, 2013 10:56 AM (in response to g1ose)

    We could recommend scads of good products here in the Americas. However, getting them to your side of the Big Pond will cause Her Majesty's Vicious Rabid Taxman to go wild and cause a significant cost hike. If you can locate local alternatives, we could give you an opinion instead.

  • g1ose Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 12, 2013 11:29 AM (in response to Courcoul)

    is a dual USB enclosure out of the question as out of the few powered enclosures i have seen they are 4/5 times the cost!

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    May 12, 2013 11:12 PM (in response to g1ose)

    Could check and determine whether it can run on a single drive. Probably in RAID1/Mirror configuration.


    And you should open your own thread instead of jacking a closed one.


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