Once in a blue moon I play with hardware. My home laptop has been dropped more times than I care to admit, and it’s finally started to make bad noises. And be slow. As in, I can run one app at a time slow. So I buckled down and put the comic book money into a new hard drive.
I picked Other World Computing’s Extreme Pro 6G SSD. At 450G.
The content on my laptop has been around since I was in college and bought my first laptop. Literally. I have every paper I’ve written since high school on here, plus music I wrote, plus videos. It’s a lot. My old HD was 300G and I was always low on space. I also make copious backups to Time Machine. The last four times I got a new computer, I did a Mac transfer. This content, hell, this user account, has been around.
You bet your ass I kept it again.
Installing the new HD was easy. Unscrew the back, disconnect the battery, remove the old HD, get the mount screws out, put them and the sticker on the new HD, reconnect everything. screw it’s all back together. Next, though, is the hard part.
I took my old HD and put it in an external drive case. OWC offers a deal where you get the case and a USB connector for cheap, plus all the tools. Perfect. While I have Time Machine, an over air restore would be 24+ hours. A USB restore, provided the HD doesn’t break, would be about 4. Instead of installing the OS and copying things over, I did a restore from Source.
Once I got the old HDD in an enclosure, I attached it to your Mac via USB. Then I rebooted the Mac, which took me to OS X Recovery. From there, I clicked on Open Disk Utility and picked the new drive from the left hand pane. There I chose to Erase it and format it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
Once done, I clicked on the Restore tab. I picked the external HD (the old one) as my ‘Source’ and the new one as my ‘Destination.’ Illogically, this is a drag and drop step. Sorry about the photo:
When the data transfer was completed, it was as simple as a restart.
If you’re skittish, you can put the new HD in the enclosure and copy it that way, booting off USB when you’re done to test it. I’m a little more daring.