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Old Sep 3rd, 2008, 09:20 PM   #1
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copying all my data from my macbook to a new hard drive?

is there an easy way to copy my entire hard drive onto a larger replacement drive on my macbook. basically i want to keep everything as it is, jsut have a bigger drive. whats the best way to do it? or is it impossible without reinstalling the whole system onto the new drive. i'd like to copy the whole thing OS and all... if its not easy for me to do could somewhere like mymacdealer in calgary do it?

also, what size HDD can my macbook c2d 2.0ghz take and where is the best place to buy one?

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Old Sep 3rd, 2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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If you have an external hard drive kicking around, you could use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the contents of your current hard drive to the external. Make sure it's bootable, then replace the hard drive in your MacBook, boot from the external, and Carbon Copy Clone the contents to the new drive.

Any 2.5" SATA drive will do, as long as it's no thicker than 9.5mm. (most drives are 9.5mm)
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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #3
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And skip steps 3 and 4 as they do not apply to you.
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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #4
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You can go up to a 500 gig but 250 -320 are value sweet spots.

I would buy a cheap $20 case USB 2.0 and do the clone FIRST if you do not have a backup drive now.
It's worth it to have a small drive around anyway.

You MUST partition the new drive first as GUID in order for it to boot.
Select Partition in Disc Utility
Click on the Option button on the bottom right
Select GUID
HIt apply

Then the new drive is ready for use as a bootable volume.

Use Carbon Copy Cloner or Superduper to clone the old drive to the new drive.

Careful with the screws on the ram cover and you will need a torx to swap drives and do note which way is up for the drive insertion.

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