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How to transfer files to new HDD?

My stock HDD is almost full and I want to buy a new one. Problem is I don't want to have a fresh OS X install, I want to save my apps, mail, setup and etc.

How do I clone my HDD if I don't have any USB interface to connect it to the working computer? What are the options to do this?

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You have to have something to hook up the new drive. Here is a less expensive option for the external drive especially if you will not need it but for moving your data.

Then download a free application called SuperDuper:

Hook the drive up with the adapter and clone your data. Then to install the drive, here’s the guide: MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 Hard Drive Replacement

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Buy a hard drive enclosure. I think I'd first put the new drive in the enclosure and create the clone, then test to make sure the clone boots. After that switch the two drives. When you're done you'll have a bigger drive in your MacBook, plus a little external drive for extra storage.

Of course, backup important files first and don't just rely on the clone—I had a tested, backup clone fail immediately after a clean install! Fortunately, being a crazy person, I had a second clone. :D

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