7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2009 11:54 AM by cornelius
nick11570 Level 1 (0 points)
I tried swapping the existing 80G hard drive on my macbook with a new 250G h/d. The data was previously backed up on an external h/d. This seemed like a very easy process. I did it while watching a youtube video demonstration. After swapping, i connected the external h/d and started up with the Mac OS disc that came with the machine. From the Utilities menu I selected Restore From Backup, and I then chose the external h/d's most recent backup. Next came Select A Destination, when the machine said "Searching for Disks." I could not get past this screen. It kept searching. Seems like it sould not see the new h/d. Does this mean I did not install the new h/d correctly? Or could it mean something else? Thanks.
  • cornelius Level 6 (17,825 points)
    The data was previously backed up on an external h/d.

    What kind of backup did you make? e.g. cloned?
    What backup utility did you use?
    From the Utilities menu I selected Restore From Backup, and I then chose the external h/d's most recent backup.

    Did format the new HDD? See directions below:

    Formatting, Partitioning Erasing a Hard Disk Drive
    • With computer shut down insert install disk in optical drive.
    • Hit Power button and immediately after chime hold down the "C" key.
    • Select language
    • Go to the Utilities menu (Tiger and later) Installer menu (Panther & earlier) and launch Disk Utility.
    • Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in left side bar.
    • Select Partition tab in main panel. (You are about to create a single partition volume.)
    • Click on Options button
    • Select Apple Partition Map (PPC Macs) or GUID Partition Table (Intel Macs)
    • Click OK
    • Select number of partition in pull-down menu above Volume diagram.
    (Note 1: One partition is normally preferable for an internal HDD.)
    • Type in name in Name field (usually Macintosh HD)
    • Select Volume Format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Click Partition button at bottom of panel.
    • Select Erase tab
    • Select the sub-volume (indented) under Manufacturer ID (usually Macintosh HD).
    • Check to be sure your Volume Name and Volume Format are correct.
    • Click Erase button
    • Quit Disk Utility.

  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,835 points)
    You probably just need to format it correctly. While logged into the install disk, go to Utilities - Disk Utility, select the new drive on the left (if you see it there), and choose Partition tab. Click Options, and make sure "GUID scheme" is selected. Under "Volume Scheme", click "1 Partition", make sure the format is "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" and name it something appropriate. Now click Apply on the lower right. Once that has completed, go back to the Restore operation and see if you disk is now detected.

  • nick11570 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks guys. Your advice worked, but I have a new MAJOR PROBLEM. After formatting, my macbook recognized the new h/d... but my data from the external h/d and Time Machine was not restored (the only data is in iPhoto, with a small amount of stuff iTunes). So I went into Time Machine and saw several backups dating back to June, when I bought the external h/d. I then navigated to the most recent one before swapping the internal h/d and clicked Restore. It seemed like this was working and it said it would take 6 hours. But when I checked this morning, I was horrified to see that nothing was transferred to iPhoto or iTunes on the new internal h/d and all of the backups on the external h/d and Time Machine were gone. It seems like the process worked in reverse and I may now need to put the old internal h/d in to retrieve the data. I hope note. Thoughts?
  • Martin Peters Level 1 (5 points)
    My way and advice :

    get an external usb-powered enclosure for your old HD and put it in. You may then hook it up to a Airport Extreme Basestation or so for network data, works excellent for me.

    Best way for exchng without reinstalling the OS for me is using CarbonCopyCloner to backup the
    complete drive.

  • cornelius Level 6 (17,825 points)
    you can boot to an external USB drive, the drive doesn't have to be FireWire.

    I agree, and that is what I normally recommend and would have recommended had the OP asked prior to starting this process.

  • nick11570 Level 1 (0 points)
    i went wrong by not choosing to "transfer data from another mac." i was transferring data from an external drive with time machine, and did not realize that doing so qualified as transferring data from another mac. all is now fixed. thanks all.
  • cornelius Level 6 (17,825 points)
    all is now fixed.

    Congratulations! Nice work getting by your setbacks.