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Upgrading a MacBook, MacBook Pro or Intel Mac Mini Hard Drive



Options for upgrading:

We recommend you check these options first before starting your upgrade.

1) Clone your existing drive to a new drive.

2) Backup your existing drive using time machine and restore it to your new hard drive.

3) Install a fresh copy of Mac OS X onto your new hard drive.


Option 1
Connect your new drive to a USB external SATA case or similar device (USB drive toaster).
External HDD USB 2.0 case External HDD USB 3.0 case

Open Disk Utility (this is usually located in the Applications/Utilities folder).

Select your new drive.

Then select partition. Either change the number of partitions required or select OK. Ensure the drive is formatted as Mac OS X extended journalled.

Open your cloning App. - Serveral are available to download online (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html or http://www.bombich.com/ccc_support.html)

After the clone procedure has completed, install your new hard drive.


Option 2
You will need to create a backup with time machine to a external hard drive or to a network time capsule device.

Once you've backed up your old drive install your new drive.

Boot up from your Mac OS X DVD. Select your language.

Open Disk Utility (this is in a drop down menu for Mac OS X versions before Mac OS X 10.7 Lion).

Select your new drive.

Then select partition. Either change the number of partitions required or select OK. Ensure the drive is formatted as Mac OS X extended journalled.

Select Restore From Time Machine Backup (this is in a drop down menu for Mac OS X versions before Mac OS X 10.7 Lion).

When finished restart your Mac.


Option 3 Install your new hard drive

Boot up from your Mac OS X DVD. Select your language.

Open Disk Utility (this is in a drop down menu for Mac OS X versions before Mac OS X 10.7 Lion).

Select your new drive.

Then select partition. Either change the number of partitions required or select OK. Ensure the drive is formatted as Mac OS X extended journalled.

Install Mac OS X following the usual prompts.

If you have a newer model (2010+) MacBook, MacBook Pro or Mac Mini you maybe able to use internet recovery instead of a CD. This functions the same as a recovery partition or CD but works via the internet. You will still need to partition your drive as above before you can install or restore Mac OS X. This is a standard feature of 2012 models onwards.

For more information on Internet Recovery, see here - http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT4718

For more information on Mac models that can be upgraded to Internet Recovery, see here http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202313
Note - You need to have upgraded your Mac's firmware before replacing your hard drive for this to work.

Walk-through hard drive upgrade guides are available here www.ifixit.com
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