I just purchased my first Macbook, and first Apple computer for that matter, a late 2007 black Macbook. It is in perfect shape, but after upgrading the memory I want to upgrade the hard drive from the std 160gb to something like 320 or 500gb. I have read some posts about using a hard drive enclosure to clone the new drive but not having one of those, is there any way I can use a 250gb external hard drive to transfer files or clone the old drive? I am just wondering if I can move everything off the old drive to the external, install the new hard drive, and then transfer everything onto the new one from the external drive? I do have a new retail copy of Snow Leopard if that is needed or makes a difference. Any help in basic terms would be great, as again, I am new to Apple and am still learning how they behave. Thanks!
Are you "sure" that when you booted after cloning that the Mac actually started from the external drive? I would pop the original drive back in and restart from that drive. Run Disk Utility to erase and repartition the external. Set it as one partition and make sure to check the GUID box to make it bootable. Select to format as Mac OS Extended Journaled. Then run Carbon Copy Cloner again and clone your internal onto the external. This time instead of using the boot manager go into System Preferences and choose Startup disk and select your external drive. Restart and check to make sure that the external is listed at the top of your available drives in the Finder. If everything is there then swap out again and see if that does it. CCC is supposed to do everything for you to make the drive bootable but maybe it didn't.