14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2013 12:04 AM by harryajh
marcoschram1 Level 1 Level 1

My old HDD from my MacBook Pro is getting rather slow and I want to replace it with a SSD. I want to clone the HDD straight to the new SSD, is this possible without losing my Bootcamp partition? Will everything still function the same, other than the improved performance? And what software will I be needing for all this to work? Thanks a lot in advance for any assistance!

MacBook Pro (late 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.6), running Mac OS X and Windows 7 via Bootcamp
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9
    A clone means that whatever is on the internal HD will be copied to the SSD. So yes your Boot Camp partition will be copied over as well.

    The software you need is either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper (my choice).

    Simply put the SSD in an enclosure, then format the SSD using Disk Utility to *Mac OS Extended (Journaled)* and then using the cloning software clone the HD to the SSD. Once that has been completed test the SSD to see if it's bootable. How you do this is restart the computer while holding down the Option key, choose the SSD and let the computer boot. Once you have verified it has been cloned and and is bootable swap the SSD into the computer.

  • Benguitar Level 2 Level 2
    I also recommend SuperDuper,

    Another way of formatting your hard drive, is to put it in your Macintosh, and Boot up from the OSX Install Disk, Open Disk Utility on that and then format it as stated above.

    Simply restart and enjoy your new drive,

    Then use SuperDuper to copy your files from your backup to your new internal.

    This way you avoid putting your new drive into an enclosure and then having to remove it again.

    It worked well for me, Congratulations on your new SSD drive!
  • Chris LoPresto Level 1 Level 1
    Having just done the same thing, I can say that the previous replies are not fully accurate. Neither Carbon Copy Cloner nor SuperDuper! support cloning NTFS-formatted drives/partitions. So neither will be able to clone your Boot Camp partition.

    Here's what I used...
    * SSD (mine was a Mercury Extreme Pro from OWC, their site has good tutorial videos if you want to see how to do everything)
    * External Enclosure
    * #00 Phillips Screwdriver
    * Torx T6 Screwdriver
    * Carbon Copy Cloner for the Mac side (free)
    * Casper 6.0 for the Windows side (not free)

    Here's what I did...
    1) Put my new SSD in the external enclosure
    2) Used Disk Utility in OS X to format the SSD (the usual.. Mac OS Extended, Journaled)
    3) Used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my internal HDD Mac partition to the external SSD
    4) Booted into OS X on the now-cloned new SSD drive (I swapped the drives to boot the SSD internally rather than via USB 2.0 for better performance, but you can boot it while still in the external enclosure. In fact that's a good way to verify the clone job worked. Just hold down option while powering up the computer and select the external SSD.)
    5) Used Boot Camp Assistant to create the NTFS Boot Camp Partition on the new SSD. (Make sure it has enough capacity to receive all of the contents from your old HDD Boot Camp partition.)
    6) Booted into Windows on the old HDD. (NOTE: Windows can't boot from the external enclosure, so if you swapped the drives in step 4 like I did, you'll need to swap them back so that the HDD is once again internal.)
    7) Used Casper 6.0 to clone my to clone my internal HDD Windows partition to the external SSD
    8) Used Casper Explorer within Casper 6 to apply a Windows master boot record to the now-cloned Windows partition and mark the partition as active. (NOTE: Your Windows partition will not be bootable unless you do this.. their faq explains everything.)
    9) Swapped the hard drives so that the SSD was now internal.

    And voila.. both OS X and and Windows booted successfully, and obviously much faster than they had previously. As an added, unexpected bonus, I didn't even need to reactivate Windows despite the hardware change.

    As a final step worth mentioning, your old HDD in the external enclosure is an obvious great choice for a backup drive. You can set up scheduled clone jobs for both Carbon Copy Cloner and Casper. This will maintain a backup that is fully dual-bootable, should disaster strike (SSD failing, laptop stolen, etc.)

    Hope this helps.. I couldn't find a clear posting on how to do this when I figured everything out last month.

    Good luck!
  • Scotty141 Level 1 Level 1
    Cant we just replace the HDD with the SSD and then run the Mac OS Installation disc?
  • LordMerovingian Level 1 Level 1
    Whoever mentioned anything about NTFS drives but you? If you read rkaufmann87's reply you'd see where he mentions "*Simply put the SSD in an enclosure, then format the SSD using Disk Utility to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and then using the cloning software clone the HD to the SSD.*"

    What's inaccurate about that reply. Wow.
  • SDDave Level 1 Level 1

    In my experience, having cloned both my Mac and Bootcamp partition for backup purposes, Chris is entirely right.  The reason is that Disk Utility, CCC, and Super Duper all clone from one Mac OS X disk to another Mac OS X disk.  A Bootcamp partition is formatted as an NTFS disk.  Therefore, none of the Mac-cloning tools (that I know of) will clone the Mac OS X partition *and* the Bootcamp partition at the same time.  So Chris is right, you have to do it in two steps.


    I would like to add that I used Winclone (free software) to achieve the cloning of my Bootcamp partition, so I didn't have to pay for Casper.  There may be features of Casper that are worth paying for, but my needs were relatively simple, just a straight backup, so the free Winclone did it for me.



  • black6 Level 2 Level 2

    I think kappy originally wrote this for users and it worked great for me..  you just need the restore command in disk utility but it goes further than that in great detail and i think this is the sure fire way for a successful clone.




    Step One: Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions



    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. 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. Quit and shutdown.



    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 are 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.



    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.


  • elis.gitin Level 1 Level 1

    Wrong post ..

  • chensformers Level 1 Level 1

    I followed Chris LoPresto's post, and couldn't get it to the Windows to show up during boot even Casper (version 7) successfully cloned the Windows partition.


    I finally figure out that you have to stop the antivirus before cloning and when setting the master boot record.



  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    Full drive sector clone software then, not CCC or SuperDuper, look into Clone X 4




    I would still have clone backups from CCC or SuperDuper, along with TimeMachine if you use that. Cover all your bases.

  • Eric Eskam Level 2 Level 2

    Or you can use dd and clone both partitions in one whack for free.  A great walkthrough was posted here:  http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9572245&postcount=13


    I've done a very similar process myself on my Mac's as well as Windows machines and it works perfectly...

  • Hatuxka Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, this was excellently simple, required no new software and went quickly. Most underrated post in this thread (until now). (dont know why someone above said "wrong post") Cloned the 250GB of contents on a 1GB HDD to a 500 GB SSD. Everything was preserved, which would provide promise that anything bootcamp would be too (after all that's the need the poster was responding to). 

  • jespermolgaard Level 1 Level 1

    I also use Winclone to backup windows, mostly because I can do everything from OSX.


    then I just clone the mac partititon and recovery partitions to the SSD with superduper or CCC, boot it and create a new fat32 partition in disk utility for windows.

    Then use Winclone to clone your backed up bootcamp partition to the new partition on the SSD.

  • harryajh Level 1 Level 1

    If this helps, this is how I did it along with gotchas on the way.


    I have a macbook pro (mid-2009) that I wanted to replace the 320gb HD with a 480 SSD.


    So having backed up my HD using TM to an external HD, I thought it would be as simple as installing the SSD and restoring from the OSX utilities menu - wrong!


    1st Gotcha - Time machine only backs up data not the OS (maybe there is an option but using SuperDuper now anyway instead!)


    2nd Gotcha - the SSD needs to be formatted


    So formatted it then tried to restore, wrong! you need the OS on it as well. So from OSX utilities, re-downloaded Mountain Lion upgrade I'd bought several months before. When done, tried to restore from within ML from TM backup. Sorted of worked but would not let me restore Admin account as had created a new Admin account when installing ML!


    So restored it to a new Admin2 account but when finished, screen layout, icons etc... was all wrong and wasn't sure how to easily and safely combine admin & admin2 accounts SO...


    Had bought a backup program called SuperDuper some years back and for some unknown reason never used probably because I thought TM was backing up everything!). So reinstalled the HD, did a FULL backup to another external HD (as it, like TM, needs full control of it). Then from OS X Utilities, restored this image after first formatting the SSD again (and wiping out new ML installation!).


    This worked perfectly except for DropBox whinging about it's folder, reinstalled that and back exactly now as I was pre-SSD and at lightening speed!


    Just hope my grief helps others!