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    Cool HDD Swap and keep data?
    Hi all,
    I've just bought a lovely new SATA 160GB HDD for my Macbook. Before swapping it out, I was wondering if anyone could think of a way of getting all my data on and off old to new HDD. I could probably put it all on an external HDD, but how do I get it on to the new disk drive once the new drive is in the macbook?
    Open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoney10111 View Post
    Hi all,
    I've just bought a lovely new SATA 160GB HDD for my Macbook. Before swapping it out, I was wondering if anyone could think of a way of getting all my data on and off old to new HDD. I could probably put it all on an external HDD, but how do I get it on to the new disk drive once the new drive is in the macbook?
    Open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
    I used a USB adapter to hook up my new drive via USB, then used SuperDuper to copy the data from the one drive to the other.
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    If, for example the data is going from a Macbook to an internal drive on a pc, can I still use Superduper to do this? Or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoney10111 View Post
    If, for example the data is going from a Macbook to an internal drive on a pc, can I still use Superduper to do this? Or something else?
    I haven't used SuperDuper to do that, but I believe it can. Alternatively, you can use Disk Utility to make an image of your hard drive and then copy that over to your PC.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Right, i've got my SATA HDD, and External USB2 HDD. Superduper just does it's stuff does it? Then I can boot from External with new SATA installed and just copy across, ditch the external and hey presto?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoney10111 View Post
    Right, i've got my SATA HDD, and External USB2 HDD. Superduper just does it's stuff does it? Then I can boot from External with new SATA installed and just copy across, ditch the external and hey presto?!
    Yep, that's it.
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    Glad I found this b/c I had questions about the same although mine involves an MBP.
    Question though, how do I boot from the external? Do I need a certain key combo when I boot up my MBP or will it recognize that I only have os x on 1 drive.

    Thanks for any clarification!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    Glad I found this b/c I had questions about the same although mine involves an MBP.
    Question though, how do I boot from the external? Do I need a certain key combo when I boot up my MBP or will it recognize that I only have os x on 1 drive.

    Thanks for any clarification!
    Hold down the option key when you power the machine on and then select the device you want to boot from.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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