So this is going to be my first time upgrading my HDD, my previous laptops that I've owned I left them with their stock parts, but this time with my MacBook Pro I've upgraded the ram from 4GB to 16GB and now I'm looking into upgrading Apple's stock 500GB 5400 RPM to a Seagate 750GB 7200RPM HDD. My question is, what does it mean when it says "Bare Drive"?
Will I need other stuff other than what's included on the HDD to upgrade it? (Tools like screwdrivers I already have) Does it need specific software to install it on the MBP? I already have an external HDD that works as my time machine if that helps.
Answer by Compucore · Sep 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Usually what I would do and it makes things simpler. I've done this on a windows PC side and a linux as well. Take your current hard drive that you have in the mac and get a external casing for it. Specifically for a laptop hard drive. Plug it into that. I don't know if you still have the original cd that came with the mac or if you can load it back on via a netowk connection and download it and install it to your new hard drive. Once you have that set up. Jut a matter of connecting the drive to your laptop and transfer over the data you want onto the new hard drive.
Or what you night want to do as well. I think seagate or western digital ad something that you could clone your current drive over to the new one. But you would have to hook both up to a cable like what they have in most tower based desktops and just run the application from a bootable usb stick and transer it. . But yours would be the exception to the rule where you would have to connect the new hard drive at any rate to either a external hard drive case or put it into your mack and put the original one into a external casing and do t that way via usb or firewire.