Clone Mac OS X to new HDD or SSD Upgrade: If you want to clone a Mac OS X because you want to upgrade your system with a new hard drive or SSD but do not want to install Mac OS X and all over applications again jut follow this easy and simple tutorial.
All you need to do is download a Carbon Copy Closer (Mac Backup Software) and connect your empty disk to your computer via the proper cable or using an external USB disk enclosure case. Carbon Copy Closer gives you 30 days trial that is more than enough to clone your Mac OS X to the new disk, so you can try it with no cost.
- Download Carbon Copy Closer (CCC) last version here.
When you use this cloning method, you can get everything done in about an hour depending on the space you have on your actual HD and the capacity of the new one.
Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is erase your disk. Go into the “Disk Utility” and select your disk and then select “Erase”.
For “Name” you can put in anything you want. For “Format” you will need to select “OS X Extended”. For “Scheme” you will want to select “GUID Partition Map”. Then you will need to click “Erase.” The erasing process shouldn’t take very long.
You’ll be noticed when your disk is erased by Disk Utility.
After your disk has been erased, open Carbon Copy Cloner. CCC will ask you if you want to continue as Trial. As we said before Trial version is enough to clone a disk for disk upgrade.
In the white destination area you will want to drag and drop your empty disk. To start the cloning process all you need to do is click the “Clone” button. This whole process doesn’t take very long and will end up sparing you a lot of trouble.
Final note: if you are considering upgrade your hard drive, consider to upgrade HDD to SSD because your Mac will be faster than ever.