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    Cloning HD and restoring to different HD

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    Cloning HD and restoring to different HD
    I'm switching HDD in a MacBook Pro. Since I can't really use the moving between computers feature, or it would require two moves, I would prefer to clone the whole internal HDD to an external one, switch the internal HDD and then restore it to the new, larger, HDD.

    Can someone suggest a good, preferably free, application for it, or a procedure with MacOS utilities that would work? I don't think I can just make an image with Disk Utility and restore it to a larger HDD, or am I wrong there?

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    You certainly can use disk utility, place the new hdd in a USB enclosure. Plug it into your computer and open Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, click the Restore tab. From the left pane drag your internal hdd into the "Source" field, then the new hdd into the "Destination" field, then click restore. This will then copy your entire internal hdd to the external.

    If you want to speed the process up a little and to avoid possible problems do this from the OSX install disk.

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    Or use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Or use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper!
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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    You certainly can use disk utility, place the new hdd in a USB enclosure. Plug it into your computer and open Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, click the Restore tab. From the left pane drag your internal hdd into the "Source" field, then the new hdd into the "Destination" field, then click restore. This will then copy your entire internal hdd to the external.
    I have other stuff on the external drive and don't want to format it, but I assume doing it to a disk image will work just as well. Now, will Disk Utility handle moving to a larger and/or smaller partition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkhl View Post
    Thanks for everyone's suggestions.



    I have other stuff on the external drive and don't want to format it, but I assume doing it to a disk image will work just as well. Now, will Disk Utility handle moving to a larger and/or smaller partition?
    Yes not a problem moving between disk sizes.

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    Cloning HD and restoring to different HD
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    As it happens, I just did this today (bought a larger HD for my Blackbook).

    1. Made a clone of the original drive using Carbon Copy Cloner (actually just updated the clone -- I regularly make a bootable clone using CCC).

    2. Shut down my Blackbook, opened her up and swapped drives.

    3. Started up from my cloned drive. Formatted the new drive using Disk Utility.

    4. Cloned back using CCC from the clone drive to the new drive. It took three hours and 15 minutes to clone back all 320GB I had on the original drive.

    5. (Optional) before switching over, I ran "Repair Disk Permissions" from Disk Utility on the new drive.

    6. Restarted, turned external drives off. New drive booted up and I'm right back where I was.

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