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Old 03-18-2009, 10:11 PM
procket procket is offline
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Possible to Replace MacBook Hard Drive without External HD for Backup?

With apologies in advance for the unbearable newbieness of this question...

I've got a 13" MacBook, 2.16 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo laptop with an 80GB internal hard drive. I recently purchased a 500GB Western Digital 5400RPM Scorpio internal HD to replace it, along with an Other World Computing On-The-Go USB 2.0 SATA HD Enclosure Kit to allows me to use the current 80GB internal drive as an external drive. Finally, I've also got a WD Passport external HD but it's only got about 30GB free.

In order to preserve all my data and applications, do I need to:

1) copy the contents of my current 80GB internal HD to an external HD, install the new 500GB internal HD, then transfer the data from the external HD to the new internal HD; or can I

2) somehow directly transfer the contents of my current 80GB HD to my new 500GB HD, remove the old internal HD, and install the new HD?

In short, do I need an external HD in order to replace my internal HD and keep all my data?

Thanks a lot for any help!
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