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I just picked up a new hard drive for my Macbook Pro, it's a bit old and I need more space. I downloaded the instructions from iFixit, but what I'm unsure about is the best way to get my data across. I don't want to buy an enclosure just for the swap.
Is it best to Clone the existing drive onto an external, then swap the drives and clone again onto the new drive?
Or should I be using Time Machine?
Or is there another way?
I don't mind moving files, but I really don't want to have to install all my apps again. I just want it to be as it is now, but on the new bigger drive.
bump cause i dunno
Cloning the old disk to the new using a SATA-USB cord might do the job.
You can either do a clone to external with Superduper, or restore from Time Machine backup. I've done it both ways and had success.
Time Machine worked well.
What didn't work well:
I installed a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500 GB 7200RPM drive. While installing OSX, the computer got really hot. Smelled like burning. The installer gave me an error, so I opened the computer up and found the hard drive ribbon cable burned.
So now I'm waiting for a new cable to be overnight shipped to me.
I returned the drive, the store tested and said it was "fine" but they gave me a new one, anyway.
Should I try installing the new one? Or just re-install my original? I can't decide!