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quickest way to upgrade to new hard drive

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I am upgrading to a 500gb hard drive and was wondering what is the quickest and least painful way to transfer my OS X to this new drive? Will the Time Machine Work using the new hard drive as an external one and then just swapping it or do I still need the OS X disc? Or would it be better to just take out the old, put in the new and pop in the OS X disc and start from scratch and just transfer every file by hand?

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Try SuperDuper. SuperDuper v2.6.2 is here, it's compatible with Snow Leopard, and it's up to 2x faster! The paid version is twice as fast.

http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/S...

Time machine will work. Back it up on the external. Restart from the CD and restore. I've had that take up to 18 hours to do.

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If you have an external firewire 2.5" enclosure you can take off the old disk from your machine, put it in the external enclosure, install the new one in the MBP and clone it with the old disk using SuperDuper in firewire target mode or install a fresh system copy from your installation disk then import your data from the external hard disk via the installation disk migration feature.

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"Firewire target mode - hooking up two computers connected by a firewire cable. You hol;d down the "T" key on the one that you want to act like a firewire drive and it shows up on the other monitor as a firewire external drive and you have full access to it.

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Yep, that's what I did. Piece of cake. You can use a special USB>SATA cable - assuming it has 2.5" drive support - but there's not much of a price difference and say, the Mercury On-the-go or OWC Express drive enclosure from Other World Computing (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/)

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Sorry I made a mistake on this one. The firewire target mode works between two computers not between an external HD and a computer.

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