View Full Version : Disk upgrade...

07-24-2007, 02:29 PM
I've searched but don't see a direct answer to this seemingly typical question:

I have a MBP with the 120gb drive in it. It's just too small. About weekly I do a SuperDuper smart clone of this drive to an external Lacie 250gb FW drive.

When I first created the backup it would boot ok but I'll check it again.

I took the plunge and ordered an internal 250gb drive for my MBP.

Obviously I want to clone back from the Lacie to the internal once it is installed and functional.


1) I've been doing smart clones. Before I'm ready to do the whole swap should I do a FULL copy from the internal to the external and then verify that it is bootable?

2) Do I need to do anything to the freshly installed 250gb disk like disk utility and format to prep it for the clone back?

3) Is there a procedure you can recommend that hopefully will result in success in this process? IE setting permissions, testing bootable clone, etc.?

Any help would be appreciated!


07-24-2007, 02:46 PM
1) No, just make sure you can start up off the existing copy.

2) I'd partition it appropriately (GUID) and erase and zero it to re-map any bad sectors.

3) Just name it the same as the original drive.

07-24-2007, 02:49 PM
Excellent... Thanks!

08-02-2007, 01:26 PM
I just wanted to add that my disk upgrade went PERFECT!!!

The only thing that I would say SuperDuper could do better is when large files copy give some kind of on screen indication that it is still alive. Anything... A flashing "Large File" icon would even do.

I started my copy only to believe it hung. I rebooted and searched this forum and found the post about not updating status during large file copies and I do have several BIG ones from Parallels and VMWare. It would be nice to know that SuperDuper is still working away.

Thanks again!


08-02-2007, 01:27 PM
Glad to hear it, Mark!