MacBook Pro :: Upgrading Hard Drive - Software Installation?

Mar 15, 2012

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with (upgraded) 8Gb ram and the original Toshiba 320GB, 5400rpm, 8mb, 2.5" SATA Hard drive, running Lion (upgraded through App store from Snow Leopard). I'm looking at getting a new Seagate Momentus XT 750GB, 7200rpm, 32mb, 2.5" with 8GB SSD built-in. I am fine with the hardware installation, though when I turn it on, as my original OS X was Snow Leopard, would I have to install that, then install Lion over it? Or is there an easier way of just installing Lion onto my new hard drive?

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MacBook Pro :: Upgrading MBP Hard Drive?

Jul 1, 2009

I want to upgrade my hard drive from 320GB 5400 rpm to 320GB 7200 rpm.

Are there any models that you would recommend over the official Mac brand?

Also do you recommend that I attempt to do the installation myself, or pay someone else to do it?

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Feb 18, 2009

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Dec 17, 2009

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Mar 30, 2010

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Nov 15, 2009

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May 7, 2012

I asked about running Snow Leopard on my mac after a hard drive fail. I'm having issues with formatting a new hard drive in my mac. I have a 2007 black macbook and I'm trying to run a 160gb SATA seagate hard drive. After replacing this hard drive, I booted my mac up from cd, ran through setup fine until I got to the 'select a drive to install to' - the point where my hard drive should be visible. Nothing there at all. Nothing to click on in the box. My question is, is there a process I need to undertake to format the hard drive or is this an indicator of a much bigger problem?

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Feb 7, 2012

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Feb 14, 2012

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Jun 15, 2012

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Info:MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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May 16, 2009

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Aug 26, 2009

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Jun 26, 2012

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Oct 27, 2010

Four days ago my Macbook pro stopped working while I was doing internet. I had to shut it down but it never booted up again. I tried multiple times to format it with disk utility but it never worked utile at my 25th attempt, disk utility finally detected it so I formatted it but when I tried to install OS X, the disk couldn't be detected just as before. I thought that my HD was dead so i bought a new western digital scorpio blue 320 GB 5400 rpm. Now, it's the same story as before, my new hard drive is never recognize by the installation cd.

More infos:
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Mar 15, 2009

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The HDD is arriving Tuesday, once I have installed what will I have to do to it to make it a part of my current HDD. I assume Im looking at a RAID 0 using disk utility?

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Feb 11, 2010

I've been looking into this a lot the passed few days, but there are a few answers I just can't find.

First of all, I know how to physically take apart my mac and put the new hard drive in. I have the new hard drive, and the tools I need.

The method I chose (before I looked into how to xfer data using macs) was to use time machine to make a backup of my entire hard drive on an external, which I did successfully.

However, before I take apart my mac and instal the new hard drive, there are a few things I want to be clear on, and I can't find the answers to.

Will I need the leopard OS disc for the new hard drive? Or does time capsule back up the OS as well, and give me some sort of prompt (doubtful)?

I have the pre late 2008 macbook pro, and it came with leopard. I haven't upgraded for several reasons I won't get into. My question now is, should I have the leopard OS disc? SHouldn't something like that have come with my mac? I ask because I feel like I should have one, but I don't remember getting one and can't find it anywhere. I always keep things like that.

And lastly, if I don't have the leopard OS disc, what do you think is the cheapest way for me to back up and xfer my data?

I have external hard drives, my new hard drive, and my old hard drive. Would it be cheaper for me to buy one of those things that directly xfers the data from one internal drive to another, or to buy another leopard disc? Is there a way I can just order the leopard disc I should have already for cheaper?

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Power Mac G5 :: Upgrading Hard Drive To Larger Size?

Dec 15, 2007

I have a power mac G5 2.7 that is 2.5 years old. It came configured with two 400GB drives inside as it will only hold two. I now really want to change them out to either two 750 GB or preferably two 1TB drives. Apple, however, has told me it won't work and that my unit will not handle this huge additional power consumption. I have called mac mall and they say no way as well. OWC says they have many working like that and its never been a problem. Then I called Apple again and they said it will work fine. I have 6 more months of Apple care, but either way do not want to blow the interior of this system up. I know I need SATA drives and would ideally like to purchase the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.

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PowerPC :: EMac Freezes After Hard Drive Installation?

Feb 11, 2006

I recently installed a new 250 GB hard drive in my 800MHZ emac. I did a nice clean install of 10.4 on it and all was going well. The problem is that it randomly freezes after about 10 or 20 minutes. Mouse locks up, keyboard doesn't work.I tried pinging it from another computer and there was no response. I hold the power button in to shut it down and when it reboots it works fine for a while and then freezes again. I checked the console and it had this:

Mac OS X Version 10.4 (Build 8A428) 2006-02-10 20:36:25 -0500 2006-02-10 20:36:26.072 loginwindow[84] FSResolveAliasWithMountFlags returned err = -1407

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Jun 19, 2009

I have a 13" white macbook, which I had partitioned with Bootcamp. When I decided to upgrade to a 500 GB drive I didn't want to reinstall everything, so after ordering and installing my new harddrive, I used super duper to clone my mac volume onto the new drive. [URL]. It worked like a charm for the mac volume, but did not copy my windows volume. No problem, I figure, I will just run the boot camp assistant again, b/c I didn't have that much on that volume anyway. However when I booted up in my new 500 gb mac drive, the Boot Camp Assistant would not work and generated an error message stating. "The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition. Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again."

Only problem is, my drive was already formatted as an extended journaled volume. I erased it and reformatted and recloned from super duper just to double check, but still got the same error message. Then I tried to start from scratch, and erased the drive again and tried to install an operating system from the dvd. I got another error message saying that the hard drive could not be partitioned and that I needed to use disk utility to reformat the disk as a GUID partition. However I couldn't figure out how to do that, and couldn't find anything on the disk utility that said GUID. it took a call to mac support (thanks mark!) to figure it out. Thought I would post it here in case anyone else has the same problem. It turned out that the hard drive I'd ordered was somehow not set up the way as my old one.

The solution was:
1. boot from the mac os DVD
2. go into disk utility, select the new hard drive, and choose the partition tab
3. change the number of partitions from "current" to "1"
4. then the 'options' button becomes available, and you can go in and select to format as a GUID drive.
from that point on, I was able to proceed with installing Mac OS x, install all the software updates, and run the boot camp partition.

Once I had the hard drive partitioned properly I used Super Duper to clone my mac volume onto the new drive, and then used Winclone to clone the windows drive. for some reason the main site for winclone is down right now - two canoes - but I got a working copy here: [URL] none of the help info on two canoes was available yesterday or today either so I had a little trouble figuring out how to use it. (though others have said it's super easy...). I wasn't sure where to save the disk image, on a mac or windows volume and on my old or new drive. The way I ended up doing it (that worked) was:
1. open winclone, and in the 'image' tab, create an image and save it on the mac volume of the new hard drive. (I couldn't save it on the old drive b/c there wasn't enough room)
2. then, still in winclone, go to the 'restore' screen and restore from the mac volume of the internal hard drive to the windows volume.

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