Thank you for purchasing through links and ads on this site.
OWC / MacSales.com...
diglloyd Deal Finder...
Buy other stuff at Amazon.com...
Upgrade MacBook Pro Retina SSD
Internal SSD Wishlist…

Upgrading Your System Drive

Last updated 2010-10-25 - Send Feedback
Related: how-to, Storage, System Setup

You can upgrade your system drive without having to reinstall anything.

It's called cloning and you can do it quickly and easily; it’s not technical. After cloning, replace the old drive with the new one and you’ll be up and running exactly as before.

Hardware

The Voyager Q Drive Dock is perfect for cloning an internal (bare) drive for notebook and desktop Macs, because you can clone to the new (bare) drive, then swap the old drive for the new one.

The same result can be achieved by first cloning to a temporary drive of any kind, installing the new drive, then booting off the clone and then cloning it to the newly installed drive.

See How to Upgrade Your Boot Drive.

Storage capacity

If the new drive capacity is smaller than the old one (perhaps you are switching from a hard drive to an SSD), then your data must of course fit onto the new drive. Always delete unused files, caches, etc, then if there is still too much stuff, migrate some of it to a separate data drive.

Example

Simply clone your old system drive to the new one as shown below*:

Make an identical and bootable copy of your system onto any new drive

 

Rigorously lab tested and OWC certified.
B&H Deal ZoneDeals by Brand/Category/Savings
Deals expire in 7 hours unless noted. Certain deals may last longer.
$2299 SAVE $500 = 17.0% Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$1797 SAVE $200 = 10.0% Nikon D750 DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$3297 SAVE $800 = 19.0% Nikon D810 DSLR with 24-120mm in Cameras: DSLR
$1799 SAVE $1151 = 39.0% Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE in Lenses: DSLR

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2008-2017 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__