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    Upgrading Hard drive in White Mac Book 2009

    I currently have a White Mac Book 13 inch early 2009 model with a 160 GB SATA Disk running MAC OS X Lion 10.7.5. I am fast running out of space and have saw a 1 TB hard drive that I think should fit. What I would like to know is how to copy my current hard drive to the new one. A step by step guide would be great as I have never attempted anything like this before.


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    pigoo3's Avatar
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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Use Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    New hard drive in an external caddy ~ Firewire would be quickest. When it appears in Disk Utility format Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and into Partition, make sure one single partition selected and under Options GUID is selected.

    Then do as Nick suggests with cloning software and reboot holding down the Option key. You should see the external drive, select and boot from it. If all is well, shutdown, open the MB and remove the current drive, pop in new one and old drive into caddy for your backup drive. Suggest getting a new SATA cable as sometimes they become very brittle and changing drive can fracture the cable.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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