Swapping internal HD from Macbook to MBP

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by incrediblue, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. incrediblue

    incrediblue Member

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    Hi folks,

    Need some advise about swapping hard drives...

    I have a 500Gb HD on my aluminum unibody MacBook.
    In upgrading to a 15.4 MBP, I created a COPY of my 500Gb drive by using the "Restore" function of Disk Utility. I then swapped the COPY HD into the MBP. Everything seems to be working OK.
    I just wonder whether using the Migration Assistant to set up the new MBP would have had any advantage?

    I find that having an external COPY made with Disk Utility allows me to have an immediate back-up available in case my hard drive develops any problems.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Mad Mac

    Mad Mac Active Member

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    Personally I will do a fresh OS X installation on new and different hardware. This way system files are hardware correct. This ensures proper operation and accurate Software Updates. I will backup with Time Machine on an external hard disk then restore on new Mac after a fresh installation of OS X.

    In your case, do a Software Update and then observe your Mac. If in the course of normal use you don't notice any anomaly then you are probably ok.
     
  3. jencc

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    may i ask, incrediblue, if this works well? i have a new 13" mb unibody and i want to transfer everything from my mbw.

    can i just swap hard drives??? it would be easiest, so even my emails will be intact. i use apple mail.
     
  4. rafaelc378

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    Personally, I'd still go with what MadMac would do.

    Why not just just run Migration Assistant using a recent Time Machine backup as the source? It's in the Applications Folder, in the Utility Subfolder.
     
  5. jencc

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    thanks for the quick reply.

    will that -- copy all my mail as well? how about my applications?

    i basically want a copy of my old mbw in my new mb.

    will it also affect my mobile me account?

    TIA!
     

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