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New hard disk in a MacBook (2008) running 10.5.8 and also upgrade it to SL: What are the steps?

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Hi -- I want to replace the hard disk in a MacBook that's running 10.5.8. I have a current TM backup.

 

I also want to upgrade it to 10.6 (SL), and I have the SL CD as well.

 

My assumption is I should first do the swap and then do the upgrade to SL.

 

Is the correct sequence to take out the old disk, then put in the new disk, then reboot, holding down a key (but which one?) to boot from the Time Machine disk? Then restore from the TM? Is there more to it than that?

 

Note that the old disk has a second partition w/ Windows installed on it. This is no longer required (nor is anything on that partition required). Am I correct that the restore from Time Machine will not re-configure/re-install such a partition?

 

If the above sequence is correct, then once the system is running again I would do the upgrade.

 

Alternatively, would it be better to upgrade to SL first -- and then swap disks?

 

I would appreciate some help -- thanks in advance!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    Here's what I do:

     

    How to replace or upgrade a drive in a laptop

     

    Step One: Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions

     

    Boot from your OS X Installer disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Installer menu (Utilities menu for Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard.) After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list.  In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive.  If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer.

     

    If DU reports errors it cannot fix, then you will need Disk Warrior and/or Tech Tool Pro to repair the drive. If you don't have either of them or if neither of them can fix the drive, then you will need to reformat the drive and reinstall OS X.

     

    Step Two: Remove the old drive and install the new drive.  Place the old drive in an external USB enclosure.  You can buy one at OWC who is also a good vendor for drives.

     

    Step Three: Boot from the external drive.  Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager appears.  Select the icon for the external drive then click on the downward pointing arrow button.

     

    Step Four: New Hard Drive Preparation

     

      1. Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.

     

      2. After DU loads select your new hard drive (this is the entry with the

          mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of

          the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive

          is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  Otherwise, click on the

          Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

      3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from

          the drop down menu to one. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended

          (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to

          GUID  then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and

          wait until the process has completed.

     

      4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the

          drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main

          window.

     

      5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the

          Options button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to

          return to the Erase window.

     

      6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several

          hours depending upon the drive size.

     

    Step Five: Clone the old drive to the new drive

     

      1. Open Disk Utility from the Utilities folder.

      2. Select the destination volume from the left side list.

      3. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.

      4. Check the box labeled Erase destination.

      5. Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag it to the

          Destination entry field.

      6. Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to the

          Source entry field.

      7. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.

     

    Destination means the new internal drive. Source means the old external drive.

     

    Step Six: Open the Startup Disk preferences and select the new internal volume.  Click on the Restart button.  You should boot from the new drive.  Eject the external drive and disconnect it from the computer.

     

    As an alternative, after the drive is replaced you can boot from the Snow Leopard DVD and install Snow Leopard from scratch:

     

    Clean Install of Snow Leopard

     

         1. Boot the computer using the Snow Leopard Installer Disc.  Insert the disc into the

             optical drive and restart the computer.  After the chime press and hold down the

             "C" key.  Release the key when you see a small spinning gear appear below the

             dark gray Apple logo.

     

         2. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue

             button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

             After DU loads select the hard drive entry from the left side list (mfgr.'s ID and drive

             size.)  Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.  Set the number of

             partitions to one (1) from the Partitions drop down menu, set the format type to Mac

             OS Extended (Journaled, if supported), then click on the Partition button.

     

         3. When the formatting has completed quit DU and return to the installer.  Proceed

             with the OS X installation and follow the directions included with the installer.

     

         4. When the installation has completed your computer will Restart into the Setup

             Assistant. Be sure you configure your initial admin account with the exact same

             username and password that you used on your old drive. After you finish Setup

             Assistant will complete the installation after which you will be running a fresh

             install of OS X.  You can now begin the update process by opening Software

             Update and installing all recommended updates to bring your installation current.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    Have him buy the enclosure, then.

     

    Have him or you provide a retail Leopard installer DVD. Install Leopard, then restore the Home folder from the Time Machine backup assuming it's a backup of his old drive.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    That's correct. You can boot from the installer DVD from which you can prep the new drive and install Leopard. Restore old Home folder using the Time Machine backup drive.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    Can I boot from a *Snow Leopard* installer DVD, prep the drive, install Snow Leopard, and still restore the old Home folder from the TM backup drive?

     

    Yes, that's doable.

     

    Drive Partition and Format

     

    1. Boot from your Snow Leopard Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

     

    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

     

    4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.

     

    5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Security button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.

     

    6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.

     

    Steps 4-6 are optional but should be used on a drive that has never been formatted before, if the format type is not Mac OS Extended, if the partition scheme has been changed, or if a different operating system (not OS X) has been installed on the drive.

     

    When formatting is completed quit DU and return to the installer. Install Snow Leopard. When Snow Leopard has been installed it will reboot on its own into the Setup Assistant. Be sure you have your Time Machine backup drive connected so you can opt to migrate your Home folder via the Setup Assistant.

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