MacBook Pro :: Cloning Vs Fresh Install?

Aug 20, 2009

When I first got my Macbook Pro I cloned a 250Gb in the result of a major crash. Since then it has been sitting in a 2.5 enclosure in my drawer. I never imagined that I would use as my primary drive, it was just an afterthought. I wanted to switch to a larger drive and I was going to clone it to save time. Has anyone run into issues with a clone as their primary drive? In short is a cloned drive going perform the same as a fresh install?

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May 4, 2009

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Oct 9, 2010

So yesterday I decided to reformat my new MBP. I had it dual booting with Win7 and I just didn't like how hot my MBP got so I got rid of it. So I decided to reformat and pop in a fresh install of OSX, but I'm not sure if I reinstalled it properly. The reason why I say this is cause traditionally when reformatting my previous macs I would just follow the steps of the CD where then formatting the drive option was part of the step if I remember correctly. This time after putting in the OSX cd once it reboot.

I had to go to the utilities option select my drive to format or it would just reinstall the OS over top what was already there. After installing I noticed I had to rename my drive as well cause it was unknown. I never had to rename my drive before, so I'm not sure if I did this properly. So did I correctly format my MBP? Is there another way to do this to bring it back to exact factory specs? If not can someone let me know how to properly format my MBP?

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Nov 16, 2009

So to make a long story short Just traded my buddy my blackbook and some cash for this 09 uMBP. I ordered an Intel SSD for it that is supposed to be here Wednesday. I figured while i was waiting i could install a fresh copy of OS X on it and get it set up just how I wanted it then use CCC to image it. That way Wednesday when the SSD gets here I can just pop it in and use the image from CCC to load everything up and I would be set.

When I throw the OS X DVD in and click the first icon to install OS it says you have to restart. I click yes and it does. the screen with the apple and the little swirly status icon shows up and both the DVD drive and hard drive are spinning. it hangs here for about a minute and a half to 2 minutes. Then the DVD drive and HDD stop spinning and the screen goes black. like it is going to sleep. You hit the space bar or keyboard and then the HDD and DVD drive start spinning again like it is going to boot up but the screen stays black. both HDD and DVD drive continiue to spin for about 30 seconds then stop. Still all black screen.

durring this time everything is locked up. you cant get the DVD to eject, nothing. You have to hold the power button for a solid minute or 2 and it finally reboots (not a shut down but a reboot).

As soon as it reboots if you leave the DVD in it does the exact same thing as above. Apple logo for about 2 minutes then black screen. If you hit the Eject button IMMEDIATELY as the apple logo comes on it will eject the OS X DVD and boot normally. I have done it about 6 times now and it just keeps haning if the DVD is in the drive.

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Jun 5, 2012

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Jul 2, 2009

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Apr 28, 2010

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Jun 2, 2012

My MacBook pro keeps crashing. I have reformatted the hard drive many times. I've also reinstalled the OS from scratch rather than off time machine to ensure a bug has not carried over but it is started crashing again when I was using Google Chrome. I switched back to using Safari and it seemed OK until I reinstalled my Norton antivirus. As soon as the norton was activated it crashed immediately and now all I can get is the login screen with the macwhip that won't go away.

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Feb 19, 2009

just about every printer connected to any of the notebook's USB ports. Strangely, there was one she found that still did work. The problem started some weeks after the fresh Leopard install, so it doesn't seem directly connected to that. Print jobs she starts are instantly paused, and can't be restarted, printer utility gives her the error message "Operation could not be completed, client-error-not-possible". Reinstalling the 3rd party printer drivers and removing/readding the printers in system preferences didn't help. She can still print via WLAN and my own MacBook Pro connected to our printer (the printer on her system configured as a "wireless printer"), so in principle all still seems to work. Also, the USB ports still work with other devices. I've also repaired permissions on her 'book and we installed the 10.5.6 Combo update again�both no success. I'm at a loss of ideas� does somebody else have any tips about what to do, apart from reinstalling Leopard?

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Jun 30, 2009

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Dec 31, 2009

As I speak time machine is backing up everything onto my new 500Gb portable hard drive. I also have a new 500Gb internal drive which I am going to install after the backup is complete.

I was just wondering what exactly time machine backs up? Does it include things like firefox bookmarks? As I would be annoyed if I lost them.

Also, once osx has bee installed on the new internal drive is there a way to use the time machine backup on the portable drive? I basically don't know how the files are stored on the portable drive when using time machine...i.e. whether it is a backup saved as one individual file, or many files?

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MacBook Pro :: Unable To Do Fresh 10.5 Install With Retail Leopard Disc

Jun 24, 2009

I'm sending my 13" MBP in to Apple to have a minor mechanical issue repaired and so I'm installing a fresh copy of 10.5 just for security reasons. Yeah I know, paranoid maybe, but whatever. I have a time machine backup so it's really no sweat off my back. In any case, I thought I'd just use my retail 10.5 disc, but it gave me a bunch of grief. When the computer would boot up with the disc it would just go to a gray screen and sit there.

You'd hear the CD spin up and then stop and it just sat at the gray screen. I tried holding down 'option' before the full boot and it found the CD, but when you clicked it it would just freeze. I just put in the Leopard install disc that came with the computer and it's installing just fine. I guess I'm not too worried since I have the disc that came with the computer and I'll be getting Snow Leopard as well, but it'd be nice to know my retail 10.5 disc would work regardless.

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MacBook Pro :: Clone / Fresh Install Or Restore From Time Machine?

Jul 28, 2009

I have a 15" MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz from a couple of years ago. It has a 75 GB harddrive which I am upgrading to 500 GB. My plan has been to simply clone the drive using the enclosure I purchased. But after reading some posts here, I see I have a few options.

1. I could clone. This sounds the least risky since theoretically I should end up with everything exactly the same. I do wonder about how it clones the files the operating system is using at the time, but I guess I'll just trust it knows what its doing.

2. A fresh install sounds ideal. I have had my laptop for a couple of years, so I imagine a fresh install would do it some good. But what does that mean exactly? Is it basically starting from scratch? Would I have to reinstall everything, not just the OS but also all of my programs, individually? And then transfer all of my data (music, photos, etc) given that I can find it all? That sounds a bit laborious and what if I missed something? Or am I misunderstanding the process?

3. A few months ago I purchased a Time Machine and I have been using it to back up my laptop and my external harddrive. Can I really restore my entire internal harddrive from Time Machine? I'm pretty sure I would have set my Time Machine to back up everything especially since it's a 1 TB drive. Any drawbacks to doing it this way?

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Sep 1, 2009

This is a bit of an odd one.

My GF dropped her MacBook the other night, and since then Leopard would only be able to start in safe mode, and then be very slow accessing the hard drive. I figured the drive had died, but I decided to test it on other computer and it works fine.

Anyway, I did a fresh install of Leopard, which went fine and boots up, but any subsequent boot it dies. Booting in verbose mode, it comes up with some errors on the efiboot screen (I can't remember exactly what they were). I still have access to all the usual boot options etc.

So on a whim, I boot camped up the disk and installed Windows 7 to see what would happen. It installed fine, and works 100%. No complaints about anything at all (except there being Windows on there :P), all hardware functional!

Does anyone have any ideas what the problem Leopard (10.5 and 10.6) might be having? I've erased the drive several times, both quick and zeroed, repaired it and so on.

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Oct 16, 2010

I have a 2.16G (black) macbook that I will be upgrading to Snow Leopard. Since I've had the computer for over three years, I want to perform a clean installation of 10.6. I don't have a ton of files on my macbook and--apart from some large Garageband files--what I do have are relatively small (Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, music, photos) so I've always backed up by saving things to CDs/DVDs. Not the best plan, I know, which is why I recently purchased a Lacie 1TB external drive so that I can have a clone.

I would like to install OSX onto the external drive but I'm not sure how things should be sequenced. I've never partitioned a HD before; should this be performed first? How's this for a sequence:

1) partition the external HD first
2) install Snow Leopard onto the external HD
3) make the clone of my system and
4) do a clean install of Snow Leopard on my internal macbook HD

Does this make sense or is there a better way for me to approach this? Also, is there anything different I'd have to do to install the 10.6 on the external drive?

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Aug 22, 2009

I'm currently a Windows user and I'm researching for buying a Mac (I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy it).

My question is how often do you have to do a fresh install, if at all? I do a fresh install every couple of months on my Windows desktop to keep things speedy. i also defrag every 2 weeks. Do you all do this with OS X?

My other question is how often do you reboot or shutdown? I reboot my desktop maybe 3 times a week and the rest of the time its in sleep when I'm not using it.

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Nov 25, 2009

i just got a used mac g5 dual with no hard drive, thus no os.

I bought a sata drive, used macdrive on my pc to format it to hsf extended. installed it in the mac tower.

put in my osx 10.4 install disk (after holding down mouse button at startup), and i'm looking at - not an install screen - but a screen with a folder icon in the midle that flashes the mac finder icon.

i'm guessing the disk is not being seen for the install.

i tried pressing 'c' at startup, i get a gray screen for a moment and then it goes to the folder screen again.

my question is: how do i do a fresh install on a mac? do i need a certain os version to start from scratch?

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Sep 25, 2010

Will a fresh install of 10.6 benefit me? i haven't formatted since 10.6 came out

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or should i pull the trigger on an SSD?

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Aug 2, 2009

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