ejwebb wrote in post #4792107
I understand it is an easy job to physically replace the drive - but how is the transfer of data, etc. to the new drive? I have had a hell of a time with my wife's PC recently...
I bought the Universal Drive Adapter ($30) from Other World Computing for my transfers. It converts any 2.5" or 3.5" SATA or PATA drive to a USB2 drive (sans enclosure). It is very convenient. Plug this into your new drive and initialize it with the Mac OS Disk Utility. It is essential that you partition your new drive as GUID (under the "Options" button) or you won't get a bootable drive for your Intel-based Mac. Also use "Mac OS Exended (Journaled)". After it's initialized, download the free Carbon Copy Cloner and have it clone your internal drive to the new drive. If you don't have too much on your current drive then it should only take 30 min to an hour.
After the clone is complete, test the new drive to make sure it will boot. To do this, leave it connected to your Mac with the UDA and do a reboot. As soon as the screen goes dark, press and hold the Option key on your keyboard. After a few seconds, your internal and external drives should appear on the screen. Use the right/left arrows to choose the new drive to complete the boot process. If it successfully boots, then you know you've done the cloning correctly. You can now replace the internal drive.
Any recommendations on which drives? I was looking at a few 250G 2.5" SATA drives on Newegg but am not sure what the difference is. Also, I would like to put the current drive in a case and use it for backup but am not sure what I would need to do this so any help here is also appreciated.
I'm not a fan of WD drives, but many use them without problems. Any 2.5" SATA drive with a height of 9.5mm or less will work. I've owned Seagates mostly. Personally, I'd choose size over speed (gb vs. rpm), but that's dependent on your needs. For an enclosure, you have to get one that has an internal SATA interface that will connect to your current drive.
I was also looking at 4G RAM kits at Crucial. Is there another brand I should consider?
I buy from OWC, but Crucial is a reputable brand as well. Just make sure they have a lifetime warranty and fit the specs of the MB.
One more question - does PS need a big chunk of the HD for a swap file on the Mac like it does on a PC? If so, what's the minimum?
Yes, it does swap, but I generally don't pay too much attention to those things, so I'll defer to others who might be "in the know".
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