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Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: freescotland
Date: August 29, 2008 02:56PM
I am upgrading my hd in macbook with one of our sponsors hitachi's and need to move my old data onto the new, bigger drive.

Is it worth buying an external 2.5 case to keep the old 120 hd or just move it all to one of my external drives and sell the 120?

Any cheap external sata firewire 2.5 box would work I guess.

Any advice?

Oh and one more time, Super Duper worth the cost or just use CCC?
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: raz
Date: August 29, 2008 03:00PM
In no particular order:

I've never had a problem with Super Duper, and the free version will do the cloning for you.

Clone to any old external. Keep the 120 in case
a) you need to return the MacBook to Apple and they object to the user upgrade
b) the new HD fails



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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 29, 2008 03:03PM
And use it to back up your data!
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: artie67
Date: August 29, 2008 03:36PM
Ditto, and super easy to swap.I bought the drive and external kit from OWC and used CCC with no problems. Anybody have a source for the tiny screwdriver? I had to use a small "slot(blade)" driver and it did the job. I need to invest in a good set of small drivers.
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 29, 2008 03:41PM
MacBook (the regular, not the pro, to be clear) is, bar none, the easiest HD replacement I've ever dealt with. A few screws to get to where it is, slide out the old one, slide in the new one. That's it. (Of course, do the cloning via SuperDuper and all that first as outlined above).

BTW, good instructional video here: [eshop.macsales.com]

Though watch out for OWC's patented "super loud thunderclap" opening logo.



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)



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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 29, 2008 03:42PM
sears has an excellent selection of small drivers, maybe $1.99 each

selling the 120 might only get you $20 or so

skip the 2.5" FW case -- which start at $35 -- and just go USB 2, which you should find for under $10

sure, it might take longer, but you are only doing this once

use the 120 for backup in the new case



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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: Jem
Date: August 29, 2008 03:47PM
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freescotland
I am upgrading my hd in macbook with one of our sponsors hitachi's and need to move my old data onto the new, bigger drive.

Is it worth buying an external 2.5 case to keep the old 120 hd or just move it all to one of my external drives and sell the 120?

Any cheap external sata firewire 2.5 box would work I guess.

Any advice?

Oh and one more time, Super Duper worth the cost or just use CCC?

Did this just today with the Hitachi 320GB from OWC.

1. I cloned the existing 80GB drive to an external GUID formatted FW drive using SuperDuper.
2. Shut down MacBook and removed old HD and installed new 320GB Drive.
3. Booted off external FW drive and SuperDuper cloned back to internal 320GB drive.
4. Rebooted off internal drive to test that all is good. All is good.

Interestingly, booted off the FW drive and cloning BACK to the internal 320GB drive was much quicker than the original clone TO the FW drive.

First clone was about 14MB/sec. Second clone back to the blank internal drive was at 24MB/sec.

Haven't decided what to do with the 80GB drive that was removed.
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 29, 2008 04:22PM
FWIW, I took one of my old OWC On The Go drives, installed OS 10 on it, and then a few repair & troubleshooting programs; it's now my ambulance drive. When a Mac in the house starts acting up a bit, I boot from it, run DiskWarrior or whatever from the drive -- it is much much much faster than booting from a CD or DVD.

To answer an earlier query, I use a combination of SuperDuper cloning and Time Machine and, yes, I think SuperDuper is worth every single penny.

I respectfully disagree re/going with just a USB drive, unless money is truly an issue. Not only will the main (and subsequent) backups be much faster, a restoration (and may you never need to do one) will be worlds less painful.

And I'll always recommend OWC's On The Go drives for this. More expensive than some, but well worth it.



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: M>B>
Date: August 29, 2008 04:33PM
For backing up I don't even mess with enclosures any more, I use this...

[eshop.macsales.com]
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: August 29, 2008 07:18PM
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jdc
sears has an excellent selection of small drivers, maybe $1.99 each

selling the 120 might only get you $20 or so

skip the 2.5" FW case -- which start at $35 -- and just go USB 2, which you should find for under $10

sure, it might take longer, but you are only doing this once

use the 120 for backup in the new case

good advice jdc.
btw, Sears even has Phillips screwdrivers size #0000 and Torq as small as T5

[www.sears.com]
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: guitarist
Date: August 29, 2008 08:42PM
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freescotland
Oh and one more time, Super Duper worth the cost or just use CCC?

Neither are needed. Your OS already has a utility that does this.

Disk Utility. Disk Utility's "Restore" feature is built in, in both Tiger and Leopard. Works perfectly. Don't need shareware when your OS already does the job.
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Re: Best way to replace macbook drive?
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: August 30, 2008 04:00AM
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raz
In no particular order:

I've never had a problem with Super Duper, and the free version will do the cloning for you.

Clone to any old external. Keep the 120 in case
a) you need to return the MacBook to Apple and they object to the user upgrade
b) the new HD fails

Apple considers the macbook HD a user-serviceable part.
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