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Installation tips for a 10.5/Boot Camp hard drive upgrade
Authored by: haralds on Mar 19, '09 11:19:28AM

I find that using WinClone and CarbonCopy Cloner is the ticket. I use an external or network drive for WinClone backup (in fact, I back up my Windows this way frequently), and an external drive enclosure to duplicate OS X on the old drive. Here is my process:
- if you are planning on reducing the partition, you need to Shrink the filesystem first.
- back up the WIN partition
- Remove the old drive and place it into the external housing. I find that reading large amounts of data from the USB drive seems faster and more reliable than writing to it.
- Install the new drive.
- Plug in the external housing and boot from the old drive.
HFS Plus Cloning
- Partition your new drive - note partition tips below. Use BootCamp to create the Windows partition. It will be FAT32, but that does not matter. WinClone will restore to whatever format you had.
- Use CarbonCopyCloner to cipy your old OS X to the new drive. In my case, all activations etc. were retained.
- Shut down and boot from the new drive. Leave the old drive untouched for a few days in case of unforesee problems.
- Use Winclone to restore the windows partition. Reboot from Windows, and be prepared for a long file system check on the first or second boot. My 100GB partition took 3-4 hours. Nothing will be wrong, it's just Windows (Vista n my case...)

If you want more than one HFS Plus partition, create a single partition first, then create the WIN partition with Boot Camp, then you can shrink the HFS Plus partition and add more.

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