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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jul 29, 2008
    Hard drive replacement advice
    Which of these options would be the best way to upgrade the hard drive in my Macbook?

    1. Put the new drive in an external enclosure, clone my original drive with SuperDuper!, install the new drive.

    2. Install the new drive, install OS X, use migration assistant to transfer programs/files.

    3. Put the new drive in an enclosure, boot to that drive, install OS X, use migration assistant, then swap the drives.

    Option 1 seems the easiest, but is there an advantage to doing a clean install of OS X?

  2. #2

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    If you are happy with your present set-up 1 is the quickest way

    If you feel you need a fresh install of the OS then 2 would be a good choice

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Oct 08, 2007
    15.4" 2.4 MBP with 4GB RAM
    I just used an external dock to install the OS on before dropping it in the system, and it worked out great. The best advice I can give is to make sure you have a T6 Torx on hand... I got all the way to the drive, and didn't have a T6 on me They can be pretty hard to find, but your local computer shop or Sears should have one.

  4. #4

    Noxian's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 17, 2006
    MacBook Pro 2.2ghz, 3GB, 250GB - 16GB White iPhone 3G - 2nd Gen 1GB Shuffle
    I did option 1 on mine 2 months ago, Worked very well.

  5. #5

    ImBatman's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 13, 2008
    I was wondering what software would you use to clone your drive in option #1?

    ...wait my bad, I guess I wasn't paying attention
    MacBook Pro 2.2Mhz, 100GB HD, 2G RAM...First Mac

    Sprint HTC 6800 Mogul--------> to ------->ATT iPhone 3G 16GB (Black)

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Jun 12, 2007
    i just used time machine, i have an external too.

    install the new drive, boot up with os x disc in the drive, then load your machine from a backup using time machine.

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