Upgrade MacBookPro internal hard drive - best way to install osx
Posted on 2014-02-08
I have a macbook pro mid 2009 w/8gigs of ram. Works great but the hard drive has only 20 gigs of free space out of 160 and starting to run slow. (I already ran disk utilities).
I have a new hard drive I want to replace it with. The question is how to get osx on there. I don't want to use mavericks. My original os disk is 10.5 and I also have the disk for snow leopard. To get to 10.8, I have to use the app store.
Should I start from scratch and insert the new drive, let it format and start with snow leopard or using disk utility, create an image of my current drive. Then when I replace the drive, use the image? I can't use time machine because my external drive is FAT and time machine will want to remove everything that is on that drive. I do have a 2nd mac but I don't have enough disk space to partition for a time machine drive.
I am thinking the best thing is to start with snow leopard.