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Okay, so my MacBook arrived this morning. I booted it up and everything seemed fine, now I want to throw in my WD Scorpio.

Physically, it looks easy. I'll follow the MacWolrd youtube video.....Battery out, 3 screws and 'L' bracket, then slide out old drive using white tab. Finally replace new drive in enclosure, slide back in, and batter on top.

Now, the question is....since I haven't put anything on the old drive, should I just format and fresh install OS X on the new drives? Does iLife come on the OS X disc because I didn't get any other discs than OS X part 1 and part 2? How do I format the new drive without an operating system installed? When I finally figure out how to format it, what format should I format it? (Hope that makes sense) Should I press the Power button and then put in the OS X CD and go from there? Do I format first?

I hope someone can write some step-by-step instructions to get my back to a usable desktop (with some extra HD room!)

Thanks, this is MUCH appreciated!
 

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Okay, so my MacBook arrived this morning. I booted it up and everything seemed fine, now I want to throw in my WD Scorpio.

Physically, it looks easy. I'll follow the MacWolrd youtube video.....Battery out, 3 screws and 'L' bracket, then slide out old drive using white tab. Finally replace new drive in enclosure, slide back in, and batter on top.

Now, the question is....since I haven't put anything on the old drive, should I just format and fresh install OS X on the new drives? Does iLife come on the OS X disc because I didn't get any other discs than OS X part 1 and part 2? How do I format the new drive without an operating system installed? When I finally figure out how to format it, what format should I format it? (Hope that makes sense) Should I press the Power button and then put in the OS X CD and go from there? Do I format first?

I hope someone can write some step-by-step instructions to get my back to a usable desktop (with some extra HD room!)

Thanks, this is MUCH appreciated!
You can do a fresh install if you wanted to. The 2nd DVD is actually the iLife DVD. Press and hold alt/option key when you restart and choose the mac os x disk 1, it will then go through the installation process. Format it to the default one which should be the Mac OS Extended (Journaled Enabled). And I dont know what you mean by the other questions.
 

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Usually the recommend procedure is to drop the new drive into an external case and format it there. Then remove the new drive from the external, install it in the notebook (PB, MB, MBP, whatever) and then install the system on it. The old drive can be placed in the external case and used for backup, etc.

Trying to install the system on an unformatted drive can be a recipe for a big PITA. There are several threads here and on The macosxhints Forums - For discussing everything OS X... on this subject.
 

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Usually the recommend procedure is to drop the new drive into an external case and format it there. Then remove the new drive from the external, install it in the notebook (PB, MB, MBP, whatever) and then install the system on it. The old drive can be placed in the external case and used for backup, etc.

Trying to install the system on an unformatted drive can be a recipe for a big PITA. There are several threads here and on The macosxhints Forums - For discussing everything OS X... on this subject.
Well you can always go to disk utilities before installing the os, since you can access it in the installer.
 

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Thats exactly what I needed, thanks Aero! does this mean that OS X will format the new drive from the DVD? When should i put the DVD in the machine...before I swap drives? or after?

Also, I've it looks like my MacBook came with OnmiOutliner...do you think this will be on the OS X DVD as well?

Thanks!
 

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Thats exactly what I needed, thanks Aero! does this mean that OS X will format the new drive from the DVD? When should i put the DVD in the machine...before I swap drives? or after?

Also, I've it looks like my MacBook came with OnmiOutliner...do you think this will be on the OS X DVD as well?

Thanks!
Put the DVD in when you are ready to install the os. hold alt/option while booting, choose the DVD and its step by step from there.

Well like rgray said, its better to format it first, when I installed mine I just went straight. When you boot you mac os x dvd1 and went through the installer just run disk utilities, partition and/or format it. The omni outliner and everything that came with your macbook (factory preinstalled) is installed by default, ofcourse you can remove some of the apps/trials if you like, or remove the extra language/fonts, etc...
 
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