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Replacing full internal Hard disk with larger HDD : Any views on my plan ?

1980 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2008 10:55 PM by TokyoJerry RSS
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Jun 4, 2008 8:20 AM
OK,this is my plan...
All thoughts would be appreciated...

I have a 1st generation May 2006 Macbook with orginal 80GB HDD. This is working fine but is full and I don't want to prune my now large iphoto & itunes libraries.

I have ordered a 250gb WD Scorpio 2.5" SATA drive from ebuyer for 52GBP and a USB2.0 enclosure for this off ebay for 5GBP (the firewire enclosures were way more expensive and I believe you can make a USB drive bootable)

I am considering two main options and would be gratfeul for advice and further info from anyone who has successully done this or is searching here for help as they are in the middle of a nightmare having started the same plan!

OPTION 1): Update my Time Machine backup disk before I start(USB 2.0 250gb Lacie drive). Swap out the 80GB HDD and put the unformatted new 250GB WD drive in the bay. Use Leopard installation DVD Disk Utility to format new HDD and Restore from Time Machine,.

OPTION 2): Put new 250GB SATA drive into USB caddy and attach to Macbook. Format it with GUID partition using Disk Utility. Use Super Duper to clone old internal 80GB HD to new USB 250gb disk. Switch off. Take both disks of enclosures and swap them. press start.
Macbook 13.3" Black, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 1GB RAM; 80GB HDD
  • Adam White Level 4 Level 4 (1,310 points)
    Hey Win,

    My first thought is to go with option #2. My reasoning is, once you have cloned to the external, you can then go and boot from it to test the clone. If the clone checks out okay, then I would install it in the macbook.

    MacBook 2.0 CD, G4 Cube 1.2Ghz, G3 500 iBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Max RAM in All Models
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,090 points)
    Either option is good.
    Don't forget you'll need a Torx T8 driver.
    MacBook 2.16, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Evan Garner Calculating status...
    Yep, either way should work fine, though I agree with using option #2 since as the other poster stated, you can check the drive to make sure all is working before you put it into the computer. I would also recommend that you still do the TM backup before doing either option "just in case."

    MacBook 2.2GHz White PowerMac G4 933Mhz Quicksilver, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Dave Z Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    I've booted from an external USB drive on my wife's MacBook after using SuperDuper! to clone the internal drive to it. I was testing that the backup worked; everything went fine.

    The USB drive will boot and run much slower, but it will work and should be a good indicator that once it's put inside the machine, it will also work.
    MacBook Pro, 2.16GHz, 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 8GB iPhone, 40GB Apple TV, 30GB iPod w/Video, 2GB iPod Nano
  • David Bedford Calculating status...
    Get the biggest drive you and and install it i you macbook, 320 gig I think. usb caddy for your old sata drive £25 or less, install os from new and migrate setting may take a few hours, but best way to go, and buy a 1T Time Capsule, worth every penny.
    macBook 2.1, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Dave Z Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    This would be a "good" way to go. But if the user's OS X installation is working fine I wouldn't say it's the best.

    Using SuperDuper! he can create an exact copy of his installation on the new volume and be up and running in significantly less time.
    MacBook Pro, 2.16GHz, 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 8GB iPhone, 40GB Apple TV, 30GB iPod w/Video, 2GB iPod Nano
  • TokyoJerry Calculating status...
    I did pretty much the same thing but upping my internal 250GB to the new 500GB from Samsung. Only thing is, I used Deja Vu to 'clone' the external USB (500GB) rather then Super Duper. External (500GB) not work just fine as an internal.

    Note on Super Duper... something just bothers me about that program being a one man show, taking almost 6 months subsequent to Leopard's releast for Super Duper to be compatible with Leopard. Deja Vu was compatible almost from the beginning. It's lean, integrates into System Preferences, and also will let you clone / mirror not only at the physical device level (a Super Duper restriction) but you can also clone /mirror from any folder to any folder. For the reference,
    'Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication' Leonardo Da Vinci
    Anybody discovers a solution better then Super Duper or Deja Vu, I will be interested to hear about it.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 15" MBP upgraded to 4GB RAM and 500GB hard disk


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