OS X :: Where To Backup Data Before Replacing Macbook Hard Drive

Dec 21, 2010

I was going to get a 500GB hard drive to replace my 160GB hard drive in my white macbook. I was wondering where's the best place to backup the data online before changing it out? Carbonite?


OS X :: Replacing MB Hard Drive And Backup Restore

Feb 24, 2010

So I've come to the realization that I need a bigger HD in my MB. I'm a little confused on how to go about doing it though. If I use Super duper and put a backup of my existing HD onto an external HD. How do I restore it after the new HD and clean install of SL is done? Do I just download the super duper app again and use it to restore from the external HD?

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OS X :: Time Machine To Backup Data Without Formatting External Hard Drive

Jun 26, 2009

Can I use time machine to back up my data without formatting the external hard drive .. If not please let me know if there is a way to back up to hard drive without using time machine.. Thank you

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MacBook :: What To Do After Replacing Hard Drive?

Jan 11, 2009

My brother's MacBook's hard drive just died. He has a backup of all of his data. If I were to buy this, what do I do after installing the hard drive? We have the Leopard disks and everything.

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MacBook Pro :: Replacing The Hard Drive?

May 16, 2012

I am going to be replacing the hard drive on a macbook pro that went crackle and fgave me the spinnign wheel of death before it totally went dead on me but i dont have the discs to reinstall the OS (and to be honest I forget what version it is) on this laptop but have the discs for my imac. Can I use these discs or do I need something else? I got this from a former roommate who upgraded to a newer macbook and was going to toss this so there are no discs for this macbook.  Totally at a loss here....not sure if the data is recoverable from the hard drive so need to know what my options are before I take it in for repair tomorrow....

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Replacing Hard Drive With An Ssd

Jun 29, 2012

I just replaced the hard drive in my macbook pro 2011 with an agility 4 ssd. I was able to copy all of the information over to the new drive. However ever time I wake the system up from sleep it freezes. I get the pinwheel. I am forced to restart the computer to get it working.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Replacing Hard Drive From 160 To 500GB On MacBook

Feb 15, 2009

I do a lot of traveling and have a lot of video files that I like to take on the road with me. I saw a 500gb Western Digital 2.5 hard drive on Amazon.com and want to replace my 160gb hard drive with it. I have an external hard drive with time machine. Is there anyway to do this so that I do no have to re-install everything?

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MacBook :: Replacing Hard Drive - How Does It Perform

May 20, 2009

The hard drive in my MacBook is turning 3 years old, and weird noises are being emitted from it, which means, the hard drive is on it's last legs. The stock Apple hard drive was an 80GB. Specs of the MacBook are in the sig. I was thinking to myself, why not take this as an opportunity to get a much larger hard drive for not that much money. So I came across this:
Question is, would it fit the MacBook White from 2007, and how does it perform?

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MacBook Pro :: Replacing Hard Drive - 7200 RPM

Jun 22, 2009

I'm thinking of getting a refurb MBP but they come with a 5400rpm hard drive and I want a 7200rpm. Does anyone about how easy it is to replace the internal hard drive in a MBP and how much it would cost?

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OS X :: Replacing MacBook Hard Drive - Nothing On Display

Dec 28, 2009

I recently thought it would be a smart idea to volunteer to replace the failing HDD on my friend's Macbook (white, late '07 model), since she could get a higher capacity than 120GB this way, as opposed to getting a replacement at the Genius Bar. I went on ifixit.com, since I was able to change a couple of components on my 1st generation Macbook Pro without much trouble, and followed the guide step by step. Now, I am no rookie with this stuff. I even used to work at an Apple store, but as a specialist, not a genius. However, when I did everything (and it would seem that the installation itself was done properly), the computer screen would remain off once I booted the computer.

I tried changing it back to its original drive to see if I could at least get it to boot, but the same thing happened. Nothing on the display. I tried starting up while pressing C to run from the Snow Leopard disc, I tried starting up while pressing Option, I tried everything I can think of. I am running out of options and I have no clue what to do. Is there something I should have done before putting in the drive? Does anyone know what could be done, aside from taking it to the store and paying the $200 for an HDD replacement? (my former co-workers at the GB seem to be MIA for this).

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MacBook :: Replacing Hard Drive - Will It Fit Properly?

Jun 20, 2010

I want to buy this hard drive and pop it into my MacBook (current revision)

1. Will replacing the hard drive myself void the warranty?
2. Will this hard drive fit properly in my computer?

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MacBook :: Replacing A Dead Hard Drive?

May 1, 2012

I have removed the 2.5" Hard Drive from my better half's  2006 Macbook and looking at the Seagate I got to replace it the power pins don't appear to line up.  

I can't see deep into where it seats. Do you have to replace the HDD with specific makes of 2.5" HDD?

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MacBook Pro :: Replacing Mid-2009 15" Hard Drive?

Jul 8, 2009

I swapped my hard disk on the above mentioned machine and it won't boot. When I turn the machine on it tells me that there is no bootable disk. I have previously booted from the disk via usb, so i know there is a bootable partition on it. I swapped back the original drive and it boots up fine. Why wont the external drive boot when run internally?

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MacBook :: Replacing Hard Drive - Speed Compatibility

Aug 27, 2009

I own a 1st generation MacBook Core Duo (black) with 80GB Fujitsu at 1.5 Gigabit/s. I want to replace this with a compatible hard drive. Will this - Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - work in my laptop? I notice that it has a 3.0Gb/s speed versus my current Fujitsu 1.5Gb/s. I'm using Tiger, if this matters.

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MacBook :: Replacing Hard Drive - How To Wipe It Clean

Sep 15, 2009

After seeing the system requirements for Windows 7, I decided to upgrade to a larger hard drive later this week. I plan on giving my old 160 gig drive to a friend who uses Windows but I want to wipe it clean first. Do I insert my Leopard disc and use disk utility to reformat?

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MacBook :: Replacing Hard Drive - Nothing Show Up In Disk Utility

Aug 31, 2010

The HDD in my wife's black MacBook (2007, I think) won't boot up. I've run Disk Utility and have decided it's pretty much dead. I have a Carbon Copy backup, so the data is fine. I've tried replacing the drive twice now, and the MacBook simply won't "see" the new drives. When I install the drive, nothing shows up in Disk Utility (run either from the install disc or the Carbon Copy backup drive in a USB enclosure).

The new drives are formatted (I even copied the bootable backup to one of them), and the computer sees them just fine if I install them in a USB enclosure and hook them up that way. When I put them in the computer, though, no dice. Her old, corrupted HDD still showed up in Disk Utility when I reinstalled it, but the new drives don't.

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MacBook Air :: Replacing Hard Drive - Suitable Size For Available Space

Mar 16, 2009

Someone I know wants to buy a macbook air. I've replaced hard drives on Sony's, lenovos, macbooks etc. But I know some Sony's come with special "non-standard" drive sizes. Does anyone know if the Seagate Momentus laptop drive will fit in the newest macbook air? I saw on anandtech you could replace it on the previous model but I thought I'd double check as she needs much more space than 120GB that apple offers.

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MacBook Pro :: Replacing The Hard Drive In The Late 2008 15"?

Apr 15, 2012

I have all the data double-backed up so I'm not worried about that, but assuming I have to replace it what can I get? I'd heard that you can put any 2.5" SATA drive into a late 2008 15" mac-book pro, but occasionally I see consumer reviews saying things like "only compatible with 2009 mac-book pros onwards" or "not compatible with lion".

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OS X V10.4 :: Replacing A Failed Hard Drive On A Mid-2007 White Macbook?

May 14, 2012

Replacing a SECOND failed hard drive on a mid-2007 white macbook (Intel core duo 2.16GHz), this time on my own  Need to purchase a serial ATA drive, but I keep reading that trying to format and/or partition the drive for use with the original Tiger install disk is unsuccessful and that I would have to update to a newer OS before I can do that. I have Leopard as the current OS, and that is in my backup files from Time Machine, but I do not have a disk with Leopard. Wondering the best course of action and/or if someone had success wit ha particular Serial ATA using the Tiger disks?

MacBook (13-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.5)

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OS X :: Replacing Hard Drive - No OS Disks

Apr 14, 2009

I am wanting to replace the hard drive in my macbook but I don't have the os disks that came with the computer (I've recently moved and they're beyond lost). I've read where apple can send me replacements (I assume I'd have to pay for them). Can I get the leopard upgrade and use that, or it just that, an upgrade and I need osx already on the computer. I don't care about backing up anything, as theres nothing on it of any importance, all my music and photos are on an external hard drive.

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PowerPC :: Replacing Hard Drive On G5 - How To Take It Out

Jun 20, 2009

I just need help trying to take out this darn hard drive. It won't come out. There are two hard drives in my G5 right now, I'm trying to pull both of them out. I tried to do the bottom one first, didn't work. Tried the top one, didn't work. I'm stumped, and I tried my hardest to take them out. I followed these instructions:

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MacBook :: Transferring Data From Old Hard Drive To New Hard Drive?

Sep 11, 2009

I'm replacing my old 120gig hard drive with a new 320gig hard driveWhen Ive got the new hard drive installed can I just put the old hard drive in a enclosure kit/caddy and copy my music/movies/etc across to the new hard drive?Or do I have to copy the data off before I remove the old hard drive?

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PowerPC :: Replacing IMac G3 Hard Drive?

Aug 29, 2007

Are there any step by step instructions out there on how to replace an HD in an imac g3 that has pictures for every step?

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OS X :: Replacing Hard Drive In UMBP 13 - Torx 6 Not Fit?

Aug 25, 2009

I have a problem which I couldn't solve for quite a while now. I bought a new WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB for my uMBP 13. I can't, however, figure out which screwdriver I need for those mounting screws that have to be removed in order to change the drives. I first bought a Torx 6 (Black & Decker TX 6) which is too big. I then ordered both a Torx 4 and Torx 5 from eBay. They are both too small... So what is wrong here? anyone had the same problem? Or any alternative solutions w/o using a Torx driver?

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IMac PPC :: Replacing Internal Hard Drive (1.5 GB)

Feb 14, 2012

I need to replace the hard drive to my iMac 1.8 GHz, PPC G5.Would an external drive be too slow to run the OS? If I do replace the internal drive with another internal model, proper dimensions/specs for this model iMac?I've been given various, conflicting information.Do I need to use a 1.5 GB/S drive or can I get a faster drive? It is hard to find a 1.5 GB/S drive.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Intel Mac :: Cloning And Replacing Hard Drive

Mar 10, 2012

I have an IMac 20 inch 2007 model. I have filled my hard drive up. I would like to clone and replace the hard drive?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Intel Mac :: Replacing Hard Drive On A 2009

Mar 31, 2012

What is the easiest way to replace the internal hard drive on a 2009 iMac? I've got 320 gb of space and only a few gb left.I'd like to upgrade to 500 gb or more.I don't want to take the computer apart myself, I don't think.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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Hardware :: Recover Data From Dead Lacie Hard Drive / Unable To Mount Hard Drive

Sep 6, 2009

Today I went to plug in my Lacie 250 GB USB external hard drive into my 13 in. MacBook to get a shirt template for a design I am making. I discovered that the hard drive just would not mount and show on the desktop, and I remembered that this happened a few days before, but all I did was unplug it and plug it back in, and it worked... except that today, that didn't work at all. I tried the other USB port, and the hard drive showed up on the desktop for about a second, and then disappeared. I kept on replugging it back into both USB ports, but nothing happened.

Then I tried to see if it would work on the PC beside me, and it was recognized as an external device; however, a message came up telling me the drive was malfunctioning. I am guessing this is from ejecting it incorrectly (because I am in a hurry to head to my next classes...I use this laptop at school), but I have incorrectly disconnected it before in the past and this problem never happened to me before.

Every single project I have ever created for my design career is on that hard drive, and all I want now is to get my files back. All I need it to do is show up on the desktop for just the right amount of time for me to copy my files onto my computer.

I read online to put it into the freezer for a while and it should mount, but that didn't work. I tried using Disk Warrior, Data Rescue 3, and Tech Tool Deluxe, but the hard drive did not show up on any of those apps.I tried plugging the hard drive into an iMac as well, but it did not show up either.

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Hardware :: Replacing Power Mac G5 Hard Drive And Initialization

Jul 13, 2007

I just recently got a Power Mac G5 (June 2004 model) from a family member, but I want to replace the hard drive with a new one. I understand I can use just about any SATA drive I'm looking to replace the old one with about 1TB of space, but how to I initialize it once I physically install it, and will I lose the basic programs, such as safari, iLife, iPhoto, etc? I know I'll lose the loaded data such as pics and music. I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to the macs.

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Applications :: Retrieve ILife After Replacing Hard Drive

Jan 15, 2009

hi there, I have iLife '06 that came on my macbook when i bought it mid 2007, but now, as you might have read in another post, I dropped my macbook and i might need to replace the hard drive. So if that is the option I have to take, how do I get iLife back once I have reinstalled the OS? Surely I don't have to purchase it?

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Hardware :: Replacing Internal Hard Drive G4 IMAC?

Oct 12, 2008

My hard drive was going out on my older G4 Imac so I took it out and replaced with a new drive. Prior to removing the older defective drive I backed everything up on an external drive.

*I assumed I could just format the new drive and then reinstall the original OSX disks and then drag over the backup files and live happily ever after!

Problem #1: mac starts up but flashes a question mark. I insert the backup/restore disks that came with the computer (6 gray discs). This is not correct I see.

Problem #2: I am not 100% the drive I have is the right one (see below for all details). I may need a different connector? I ran the diagnostic cd that came with it and the new hard drive shows up and it says it's OK. NO other problems on the test.

Problem #3: I think the drive will/can only access 128GB of the new 200GB hard drive? if so, does this mean it will not work without an card or it will just not see/read the other storage?

Problem #4: Are the restore disks NOT the OS to reinstall? or was this on the internal hard drive already from the factory pre-loaded?

Someone said I would have to have someone make me a bootable OSX install and connect via external drive to start and then format the new drive and then re-install the OS somehow. I have been racking my brain trying all options and researching online all weekend!!

*Please let me know what the options are to fix this situation.


G4 iMac
Power PC M8535LL/A
800 Mhz.
512 MB.SD Ram
OSX 10.4.11

Original Drive:

4D060H3 60GB
5400 2mb.

New drive:

3.5" ATA/100 EIDE
7200 RPM 8Mb.
*includes Ultra ATA interface cable
(ASSY, ATA133,ROHS cable)


Pre-Installed MacOS: 9.2.2 & X 10.1.2 Maximum Mac OS: X 10.4.11

Details:This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11. Mac OS 9 Support: Boot/Classic Mode

Details:This model is capable of booting in MacOS 9 and using MacOS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment.

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Intel Mac :: Completely Stuck After Replacing Hard Drive

Jun 23, 2012

I have an old (late 2006) 20" iMac. Problems started a few weeks ago - first the computer would freeze and crash. Eventually I started getting either a circle/slash sybol or the question mark folder every time I tried to reboot. Eventually I concluded that the hard drive had gone bad. So I bought a new 1TB Barracude from OWC and installed it following instruction found on [url]....

Now I can't do anything. I tried booting from a OSX 10.6 install disk, but the machine simply spits it out after about 30 seconds and gives me the "?" folder. So I got my hands on 10.4.5 Universal Install disk and tried that, thinking that maybe the older machine needed an older version to start from (sounds logical at least). Nothing. It doesn't spit that one out, but still ends up with the flashing "?" folder after a minute or two. I've tried holding down C on startup. Same result. I've also tried holding option to get the startup manager, but that doesn't work either. I just end up back at "?". I really hate "?"


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Mac Pro :: Replacing Sata Wires For Bottom Hard Disk Drive Bay

Jan 5, 2009

I have a 2005 G5 and my Bottom bay HD wires are busted. I need to obviously buy new ones but the problem is I can't figure out where the wires go, I can find the smaller wire, but not the bigger power wire (i think its the power). When I open up the G5 it looks like the big wire goes behind the board (and I really dont want to take the whole thing apart!). Does anyone have a picture explaining where all the wires go in a 2005 G5. I have goggled it, but just internal pics and simple explanations come up, I am looking for something more complicated so I know where the bottom bay wires go to.If anyone has switched out the wires before please let me know, cause this is nuts. They make everything else in the G5 easy to do but this. ( This all happened because I shipped it and the wires snapped on my bottom drive)

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Software :: Networking - After Replacing Hard Drive Cannot Reestablish Connection To PC

May 7, 2009

I have a Mac that used to be able to access files on my desktop PC and print to either of two printers connected to the PC. The system set up is printers by usb to the PC, PC by Ethernet to the wifi DSL/router. The Mac laptop lost a hard drive a week ago. After replacing the hard drive I can not reestablish the connection to the PC. No changes except installing a new hard drive and reinstalling the same software. Apple has about an hour and a half in telephone support and could not fix the problem. They are "researching" the problem and will email me.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Extremely Slow Computer Even After Replacing Hard Drive

Apr 1, 2012

when I upgraded to lion (I think). I also run VMware fusion with windows 7 so maybe a virus? I ran disk utilities, followed suggestions on these communities to no avail. Our IT person and then apple support told me I should replace the hard drive. So I did. I played around a little bit and everything seemed good. Then I did a full restore from time capsule and everything is going downhill again.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Hardware :: Replacing Hard Drive - Any Stock Model With Good Speed

Jan 31, 2009

I have an old white Macbook, the 512 Ram, 60 GB Hard drive model, 2.0 Ghz. I'm currently upgrading my Ram to 2 Gb, can anyone recommend a relatively inexpensive model replacement for the stock drive with good speed. I'm currently shopping on Newegg and I have no idea what I am looking for.

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Applications :: Extending Not Replacing My ITunes Library On An External Hard Drive?

Dec 5, 2010

I have more media than internal hd space and I want to extend my iTunes library with my external hd. I have a Macbook Pro so I want a good chunk of my library on my internal drive so I can take it with me. When I am set up at home, however, I want to be able to extend my iTunes library with an external drive, particularly so I can access all of my media from my apple tv.

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Intel Mac :: Cannot Get Canon MP490 Printer To Work After Replacing Hard Drive?

Jul 1, 2012

I replaced my hard drive and cant get my canon mp490 printer to work. My timeline backup had old printer drivers but cant seem to find new printer.

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Intel Mac :: Replacing Hard Drive In 20" But All I Get Blue Screen When Insert Original CD

May 4, 2012

I'm replacing this hard drive but all I get is a blue screen when I insert the original CD.

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MacBook :: Get Photos From Backup External Drive On To New Hard Drive?

Mar 27, 2012

How do I get photos from backup external drive on to my new hard drive on my MacBook

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