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Fastest way to clone drive without USB3

Simon C. Leemann
I have an old 2010 13" MB that needs a larger SSD since the currently installed 250GB SSD is full. My question is what the fastest way is to transfer the data.

I'll be installing the new SSD and then booting into Recovery Mode and using DiskUtility cloning to do a bit-copy of the data from the removed old SSD to the newly installed blank SSD.

I have external SATA docks (some USB2, others USB3) that will work fine for that. A USB3 dock would be fast enough, but the old MB only supports USB2 so that would be super slow.

Is there any way I could attach the USB3 dock to another USB3-compatible MBP and then hook up the two together through Gigabit (IIRC the old MB doesn't have FW800 or TB so I guess no TDM) to get a faster transfer? I really don't feel like waiting 3+ hours just for the data transfer.

Thanks,
Simon


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Re: Fastest way to clone drive without USB3

David Rostenne
Hi Simon,

If you have access to another Mac: I would hook up the drive to another machine and do an install of the OS and then restore from the latest time machine backup.. then swap the drives.

That will let you keep using the MB while you wait on the install / restore.

Cheers,

Dave

> On 9-January-2018, at 12:46 PM, Simon C. Leemann <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I have an old 2010 13" MB that needs a larger SSD since the currently installed 250GB SSD is full. My question is what the fastest way is to transfer the data.
>
> I'll be installing the new SSD and then booting into Recovery Mode and using DiskUtility cloning to do a bit-copy of the data from the removed old SSD to the newly installed blank SSD.
>
> I have external SATA docks (some USB2, others USB3) that will work fine for that. A USB3 dock would be fast enough, but the old MB only supports USB2 so that would be super slow.
>
> Is there any way I could attach the USB3 dock to another USB3-compatible MBP and then hook up the two together through Gigabit (IIRC the old MB doesn't have FW800 or TB so I guess no TDM) to get a faster transfer? I really don't feel like waiting 3+ hours just for the data transfer.
>
> Thanks,
> Simon
>
>
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Re: Fastest way to clone drive without USB3

Doug Hogg
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I would put the new drive in your USB2 dock and clone from your current hard drive overnight.

:-)

Doug


> On Jan 9, 2018, at 9:46 AM, Simon C. Leemann <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I have an old 2010 13" MB that needs a larger SSD since the currently installed 250GB SSD is full. My question is what the fastest way is to transfer the data.
>
> I'll be installing the new SSD and then booting into Recovery Mode and using DiskUtility cloning to do a bit-copy of the data from the removed old SSD to the newly installed blank SSD.
>
> I have external SATA docks (some USB2, others USB3) that will work fine for that. A USB3 dock would be fast enough, but the old MB only supports USB2 so that would be super slow.
>
> Is there any way I could attach the USB3 dock to another USB3-compatible MBP and then hook up the two together through Gigabit (IIRC the old MB doesn't have FW800 or TB so I guess no TDM) to get a faster transfer? I really don't feel like waiting 3+ hours just for the data transfer.
>
> Thanks,
> Simon
>
>
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Re: Fastest way to clone drive without USB3

@lbutlr
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On 09 Jan 2018, at 10:46, Simon C. Leemann <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I have an old 2010 13" MB that needs a larger SSD since the currently installed 250GB SSD is full. My question is what the fastest way is to transfer the data.

That machine is old enough that I wouldn’t want to open it up again for surgery. You might look at what you have filling it and consider if you can offload some of that.

For example, I do not sync all of my Dropbox folders to my laptop, only the handful or really important ones, so about 2GB instead of 640GB. If I need something else. I get it from the website. I don’t keep music on my laptop either, and I keep a photo library that is optimized.

Of course, not all of these will be options if this is your only machine, but it’s well over 7 years old now, so if it’s you only machine you might consider an updgrade.

USB2 is not super slow though, and a full 250GB drive should copy from an external USB2 to the internal in 3 hours or so, maybe even faster.

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