How to Clone and Replace the Mac HDD with SSD (Without Losing Data) – Uncategorized

I tried replacing my HDD with a new SSD on my Mac and decided to show how we can clone the existing hard drive on the new Solid State Drive. The process is quite easy and you can do it easily without losing data.


  1. SSD drive of your choice, my recommended brands are Samsung, crucial with the storage capacity of your choice.
  2. I can recommend SABRENT 2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.0 to clone the disk. You may have another SSD disk; you can find an external case that is compatible with your disk.

Why SSD Drive

If you are still using a hard drive on your Mac, you should consider upgrading to SSD as it is much faster than regular drive and after seeing the SSD performance, it is the best thing you can do on your computer can do. I’m going to use Crucial MX500 SSD which costs me about $ 58. You can buy one at Amazon for your computer.

Clone the hard drive and replace it with SSD

Connect the new SSD

  1. To transfer all the data from the current disk to the new SSD, you need an external case.
  2. Insert your SDD into the external socket and insert the USB into your computer.
  3. You may see an error message on your Mac screen “The disk you inserted could not be read by this computer. ‘ Do not worry; just click the Initialize … button so we can format it for Mac use.
  4. This will open the Disk Utility application. You will see the linked internal or external disk on the left.

Note the disc format

  1. Select the old disk on the left and it will show you the disk information.
  2. Note the file format “eg MacOS Extended (Journaled)” as we need to format the new SSD disk according to the format.

Format the SSD

  1. Now select the new SSD disk on the left.
  2. Click the Delete option from above to enter the required information.
    • Name: Give a name to your new station.
    • Format: Select the same format that you noticed in step 2.2 above. In my case it was macOS Extended (Journaled).
    • Scheme: leave it at the default value “GUID Partition Map.”
  3. Click the Erase button to format the disk. Let it complete the formatting process and then it may ask you to use the drive for Time Machine. Click the Do Not Use button.
  4. Click Done to close the formatting screen. Now your new SDD is ready to use on your computer.

See also: Format a drive to use on Mac and Windows


Clone the old disk

  1. To clone the drive, you must restart and go to MacOS Utilities. Restart your Mac and hold and hold Command + R keys from the keyboard while uploading.
  2. You will see the MacOS Utilities screen where you need to select the Disk Utilities option.
  3. Select the new SSD on the left here and click on the Restore option from above.
  4. Now you need to select the disk you want to recover.
    • Restore from: Select the old disk in the drop-down menu and then click the Restore button. The recovery process can take a while and it depends on the size of your data on the disk. So be patient and let it do the work.
  5. Once the recovery process is complete, click the Done button to close the window. You will see that the new SSD disk also got the same name as the old disk.

Replace Mac drive with SSD

  1. So far, you have used SSD as an external drive to Colne and transferred the data. It’s time to use the SSD as an internal drive for your Mac.
  2. Turn off your Mac, unplug the disk housing, remove the SSD from the housing, and replace it with the internal, old disk of your Mac.
  3. Launch your Mac and you will see all the old data on the new solid-state disk.

I tried to explain the process so you can easily understand it. If you have trouble understanding it, you can leave a comment below and you will answer your questions.


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