Hi have a mid-2009 macbook pro with 4 GB ram and 250 GB hard drive, which is full now. I just bought 8 GB RAM to speed it up and a new 1 TB hard drive. I am running latest Lion (that I downloaded from mac app store - I have the original install DVD for Snow leopard). What would be the best and cleanest way to transfer everything (OSX, applications, data, files, user preferences, passwords, etc from the old hard drive to the new one)^
1- I heard I can hook the new hard drive via USB and do a clean install of my Snow leopard DVD, then update to Lion via mac app store. Then how do I transfer everything else?
2- I also heard about carbon copy cloner, but somewhere it says there is a file in Lion that this will not copy.
Anybody have any helpfull answers?
Yes, carbon copy will transfer everything.
Here's how you do it.
Connect your new drive via USB, open disk utility, format/erase new drive as MAC OS Extended Journaled.
Once that's done, open carbon copy and start cloning. You will get a pop up message saying that "you haven't create a lion recovery partition ". Click ok and proceed to create the partition with carbon copy.
Proceed with Carbon Copy once the partition is done.
Once carbon copy is done, install your new drive in your macbook and turn it on. You're now back in business.