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MacBook ~160 gig drive 80% full....

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by .264 magnum, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    Wanting to install a 500 gig esata.

    I have one of those USB to esata gismos.

    Should I remove the 160 gig drive install the 500 gig drive and transfer "out to in"? Or leave the 160 gig in place image to the 500 gig and then install it after imaging?

    I have loads of connectible storage and backups now. Including a fresh time machine backup.


    Any pitfalls?
     
  2. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    well if you swap those drives out, you are going to have to reinstall mac os right ?
     


  3. Not if he copies the installed image to the new drive first ... which is how I would do it.
     
  4. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    I'm trying hard to avoid a re-install.
     
  5. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    How hard is it to do the physical change in the MacBooks? I looked at a tutorial on how to change out HD's on iBooks, and it requires MAJOR amounts of work and to disassemble the computer down to a pile of pieces. It really looked UN-fun.
     
  6. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    It's a three minute job with a MacBook.
     
  7. CleverNickName

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    Why? I personally would pop out the old drive and install the new one. Then pop in the OS X install disk... once OS X is reinstalled it will ask if you want to transfer data from a time machine backup -- good as new. This is what I would do...
     
  8. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    OK. If it's that simple I'm good to go with that method. I have made/kept regular Time Machine back-ups on a USB/HDD and would make a new TM backup right before the swap.

    Is it really that easy?
     
  9. CleverNickName

    CleverNickName Kaiser

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    No promises.. but that is how it is SUPPOSED to work. I have always had success with swapping drives.. so good luck. From my experience, time machine is really a technological marvel.
     
  10. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    Thanks very much. I'll let you know how it goes in a day or two.
     
  11. what are you going todo with your old drive?
     
  12. orlasttoy

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  13. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    That's cool! I am thinking my next computer will be a MacBook!
     
  14. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    Probably enclose it and use it as a second back-up for pics.
     
  15. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    In case anyone cares -

    1. I removed the 1 + 1 gigs of Samsung REM and installed 2 + 2 gigs of X brand RAM.

    2. I started the machine and then shut it down after verifying the 4 gigs worked well.
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    1. I made a fresh Time Machine back-up
    2. removed 160 gig drive
    3. installed 500 gig drive - 4 or 5 minute job
    4. I had to format the 500 gig drive - not nearly as easy or straight-forward as it should have been - it took me 30 minutes to figure out how to do it from the OSX disc.
    5. Once the HDD was formatted I did a fresh install of OSX an then ran Time Machine - importing docs, pics, settings etc.


    Other than the formatting thing it all went smoothly. It took hours to import all the goodies using Time Machine. However, the computer now runs like a champ. And I have 373.2 gigs worth of free space. The new drive is more quiet and seems to be just as easy on the battery.
     
  16. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    Next time I'll use SuperDuper - it's supposed to work very well.