Cloning/imaging my Mac
July 5, 2012 2:14 PM Subscribe
I think I am going to replace my Macbook Pro's hard drive. I would like to check that this cloning/imaging backup process I have in mind makes sense.
posted by andrewesque to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For a variety of reasons, I think I am going to have to get my Macbook Pro (mid-2009 13 in model) hard drive replaced. It has a 60 GB Boot Camp partition with Windows 7, installed from my university's software library when I was still a student there, running on it. Otherwise it runs Lion, which I downloaded online from the App Store; the machine shipped with Snow Leopard.
My concern is in replacing the hard drive, I have Windows software that I don't think I even have the key for anymore (because I downloaded it when I was a student using university privileges) as well as Microsoft Office on both OS X and Win 7 (also downloaded legally when I was a student -- access keys long vanished. This will teach me to keep better track of them!)
It seems like cloning the hard drive would make the most sense. I've done some reading of previous threads and this is the process that seems to make sense to me:
1. Purchase a new external hard drive.
2. Download Carbon Copy Cloner onto my current Macbook on OS X. Follow CCC instructions to create a bootable image of my current OS X partition, on the new external HD acquired.
3. Download Winclone and follow instructions. This will create an image of the Win 7 partition on my Mac, on the new external HD acquired.
4. Before I replace the original HD in my Macbook, plug in the external HD and attempt to boot from the clone that CCC just made, to test that it works.
5. Take the computer in, have the hard drive replaced.
6. Once I get it back, turn on the Macbook -- it will be essentially a new machine and so I'll have to go through the setup steps.
7. Download the CCC software onto the new Macbook. Then plug in the external HD, go through steps to erase the laptop's new HD, and then clone the external HD back onto the new laptop HD.
8. Follow instructions to move the Winclone-created image on the external HD back onto the Macbook.
9. Disconnect the external HD, turn on my Macbook and everything will be identical to what it was before?! (I hope...)
I'm reasonably confident with computers, but given the expense and data at hand, I want to make sure I have a good understanding of the process before I begin buying hardware/software. I think I understand well steps 1-5, but it's steps 6-8 that I want to make sure I understand correctly.