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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Copying Contents From one Macbook to Another


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Hello everyone!

I apologize if this was supposed to go in the OS thread but I figured it fits in both.

I was wondering if it is possible to copy the entire contents of one macbook to another.

I have an older macbook that can boot both windows and snow leopard and has all kinds of neat software, much of which I have lost the discs to.

I also have a brand new macbook that has nothing but leopard on it.

Is there a way to wipe my new macbook and copy or clone everything from the old one onto it so that both os are bootable and the software is all usable?

A big thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction on this.
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I've never had to clone both OS X and Windows.
I believe what you would need to use is Carbon Copy Cloner to clone over your OS X partition, and use WinClone to copy over the windows partition.
I don't want to give you incorrect instructions on how as I've only cloned OS X partitions, but I'm certain that someone will be along shortly to give you clear instructions on the process.
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Would it be an option to just exchange the harddrive?
If it is the same size and not to old it would be the easiest way to move the harddrive contents.

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It would, but I think the OP wants 2 identical setups!
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I'm beginning to think that "lost the discs" is code for "pirated software." Either that, or we have a huge number of ridiculously irresponsible software buyers on this forum.
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Yes, that thought constantly crosses my mind too!
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No, no pirated software.

The old macbook is one loaned to me from my school, and it comes with all kinds of code editing software, compilers, etc. All of which I may legally have on my personal computer (the new one). I just need to know how to move it over.

I have to give the loaned macbook back so switching the drives is not a possibility.
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Usually, you can only legally have software on one computer at a time, I believe. If you are trying to install software and you don't have the original install disks, it's probably not kosher.
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Agreed. If it's a loaned computer and your taking software off of it for you personal computer, that's the same thing as pirating. Just a different method than torrents,etc;

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If its legal for you to have on your personal computer would not the school offer you the
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I'll bet if he asked for it they would give it. My school does that for most applications that we use in the course of our education... That is part of what our technology fee pays for.

But yes, simply copying one drive onto another drive from a computer you don't actually own, and licenses you haven't paid for is pirating.
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Jesus Christ people... all of the software is FREE **** like JGRASP and compilers and putty... If I wanted to download all of it off of the net I could but it would take forever and I would lose all of my settings. I posted on here asking for help and all I get is a bunch of people accusing me of illegal activity. I guess that just goes to show what kind of trolls comment on these forums. I'll just take my problem in to the mac store and PAY someone to help me. Thanks for nothing.
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Jesus Christ people... all of the software is FREE **** like JGRASP and compilers and putty... If I wanted to download all of it off of the net I could but it would take forever and I would lose all of my settings. I posted on here asking for help and all I get is a bunch of people accusing me of illegal activity. I guess that just goes to show what kind of trolls comment on these forums. I'll just take my problem in to the mac store and PAY someone to help me. Thanks for nothing.
Just keep in mind when reading all of these comments that Big Brother is watching and has an IP tracker...

In other words, even though this is a Mac forum it is still heavily PC...
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