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best way to transfer everything on new hard drive for mac book pro

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Jun 28, 2012 7:47 AM

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?





MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
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