Drive to drive?

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  1. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    If I want to upgrade the HD in my Macbook Pro, how would I copy the old drive to the new drive without reinstalling everything? Can I do it what what's in Leopard or do I need third party software?
     
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    Try SuperDuper
     
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  4. tenplanescrashing

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    SuperDuper and some kind of external plug/housing to recognize 2nd drive.
     
  5. TheWeasel

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    CopyCatX is faster and does a better job copying permissions, etc as it does block copying instead of file copying.
     
  6. ov3n

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    Disk Utility (comes with OS X) and an external kit for the new drive. Boot from the install CD and use the recovery option to transfer the old HD to the new one.
     
  7. verbal

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    Does this work well? Or would I be better off just installing everything fresh?
     
  8. TheWeasel

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    Imaging like this works great. Only time I wouldn't suggest it is when going to a different machine as each machine's system config can differ a bit.
     
  9. tenplanescrashing

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    you like CopyCatX better because of just the above or are there more pros vs. superduper?

    I ask because our resident mac guy at work uses either superduper or CCC depending on what he needs to do and recommended superduper to me.
     
  10. TheWeasel

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    CopyCatX is faster as I said. It's also got a fault tolerant recovery mode. If you have a drive that's starting to die, has bad blocks, or is starting to go into the click of death, many times it can get the data off. While Superduper, CCC, and Disk Utility fail when they come to a bad block, CopyCatX will skip over the bad block and work around it attempting to get all the data that's still good. It will also duplicate any drive (not just a Mac OS X drive) so you can dup your Windoze, XBOX, etc drive.
     
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    hmmmm, i'll look into it.
     
  12. verbal

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    I started fully setting up my MBP instead of waiting until I get an HD. If I do the transfer thing, will everything transfer including my boot camp partition? Can I do that using the transfer option in Leopard or will I have to use a third party app?
     
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    Not sure if this helps you but I was just in a similar situation.

    Since my problem was specific to my user account, the only way to fix it was a fresh install. I used my 2nd internal HD and moved all important files to it (documents, music, movies, fonts, etc.) then made a list of my programs w/ setup files and any information used in those programs (ftp info for cyberduck, QTPro username & code, etc). Once I felt brave enough, the Leopard disk was inserted and a fresh install was done.

    Once back up and running, I thought it was going to take me a long time to get my machine back to how I had it before. Not the case.

    It took me about 2-3 hours to do everything...install OS, replace files, install programs (office, adobe suite, codecs, iLife, etc) and the only thing I lost in the process was the Corel Suite I hadn't used in years so it was no biggie. I loved how everything worked great again...iTunes recognized my library and built it back how I had it. I installed Office 2008 instead of 2004 and since I backed up my 2004 Identity, it recognized it as a 2004 identity and asked if I wanted to convert it to a 2008 identity and it was back to how I had it before, my fonts all transfered properly and I had a list of my settings (widgets on dashboard, porn mode in Safari & hacked dock).

    I love that fresh and clean feeling, and the increase in speed!
     
  14. verbal

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    Anyone know how I could find out if WD has a SATAII 7200rpm 500gig laptop hard drive in the works or coming out soon?
     

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