Clone int. hard drive and partition to add Windows?
I've got a 320GB hard drive in my MBP and I've got like 15GB's of space left so I decided to get a Seagate Momentus 750GB drive. My plan is to partition the new drive down the middle, 375GB on each side, which the MAC side will already have just over 300GB on it and then use the other partition to install Windows 7. I'm just not exactly sure exactly how to do all the different parts of the process. Thank You Very Much In Advance, Your Help Means A Lot!!!!! Addendum:I want to do it BootCamp style, not parallels or VMware. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!
First of all you need a way to plug any HDD to your USB or Firewire in order to retrieve your old data.
Now, you will need to remove HDD-320 and replace it with HDD-750. I will need your MBP's model to point you to the proper HDD installation guide.
Once the HDD-750 is in ou will have to format the hdd. this is when you can create your partitions. Just remember that they the one running osx needs to be journaled extended. When you are done with the partitions, proceed to install OSX. At some point it will ask if;
-You want to do a clean install. If you opt for this, you will have to move your data, do all the settings and re-install your programs.
-You want to restore a previous account. This will pull the data from HDD-320 and will leave HDD-750 with an exact copy of your old install.
Either way, you will have to be able to access HDD-320.
So, you should now have a clean install to work with or a restored version of your old system. Now you can run Boot Camp Assistant to install W7.
If you have any questions, please add them as comments.
Get yourself a Firewire external case to hold your new drive temporarily (much faster and you can use it to hold your old HD afterwards as a backup). Install your new drive to it and connect it to your Mac. Setup your partitions as you like and as Jay pointed out make sure the first partition is setup for Mac OS Extended (Journaled), within Profiler it shows up as Journaled HFS+.
Then use Apples Migration assistant to migrate all of your files and user account/s info over. At that point you'll have an exact image of what your old drive has in the first partition. Using System Preferences - Startup Disk set your new drive as the boot volume. Now restart your Mac at that point your external drive should be the first listed in the finder if so your drive is ready to move into your system.
Setting up MS Windows can be done in two ways:
First using Apples Boot Camp 3.1 see this Apple TN Boot Camp Windows 7 FYI's. So depending on your Mac OS version you may have to upgrade and Windows 8 is not supported at this time. Note: Windows will be running in 16/32bit mode here
You could run Windows natively with in a Virtual Machine (VM) using either VMWare or Parallels. Which I think is better as you can move stuff between the OS spaces, can be quicker and run concurrently. Note: Windows can run in full 64bit mode here if you have the correct version (not limited to Vista).
In either case you'll need to duplicate your Antivirus between the two OS's (some companies offer a dual Mac/Win program, Intego is one example).
Just make sure to keep your files isolated as backing up & restoring can be a hassle if your not careful.