We all know the physical and emotional pain of trying to assemble a new item. Maybe it’s your new kitchen table and your significant other has been yelling at you for weeks to finish it (did we say yelling? We mean, “providing help and guidance”). Maybe you’ve considered duct tape as a viable option to replace a few screws. Maybe you’ve been rushed to assemble a new toy for your child on Christmas morning just to find out you have literally every kind of battery but the one it takes. Whatever it is, here at OWC we understand and try to accommodate you so you can get back to business.
We do our best at OWC to make sure that all of our videos make the process of replacing a drive easy. Our DIY kits for laptops and Mac minis make sure you have everything you need. And most importantly, we realize that the most vital part of an upgrade—and this applies to a new Mac as well as to a drive upgrade—is getting back to using that system without skipping a beat.
The good news is that Apple makes this incredibly painless, and there are just three simple steps we recommend for the best results.
First, after you upgrade, do a clean installation of the OS. If this is a new Mac, that’s already done.
At first boot of the fresh OS, you will get the option to transfer data from another Mac or Drive. The options are very straight up and effectively self-explanatory. If you have purchased one of our DIY Kits, for example, your old drive should have been put into the provided enclosure at this point and you’ll select that drive to transfer files from.
Now you just check the box of what you want to transfer, if not everything. Then, just click to start and all you have to do is wait for the time it takes to move your data over. Once completed, you are literally right where you left off in terms of data, apps, etc. from before the transfer. That’s it—no permissions to set, change, etc., nothing to configure. Your data is now on the new drive and it’s back to business.
Some places will charge a significant fee for what is truly a process meant for the user to do. We’ve always been about pulling that curtain back and revealing how to upgrade your own products. We don’t want to just say, “this is easy,” but we aim to demonstrate with videos, informational pieces, etc. We want to show why it is truly easy and not just because we are used to doing it.
When you get right down to it, with few exceptions, the most difficult part of any upgrade is just having a nice sized space to do the upgrade where you can keep the screws organized to go back where they came from. (Otherwise you’ll step on that missing screw a few weeks later…in the similar fashion that you found your child’s Legos a few weeks prior). Honestly this can’t be rocket science when what’s arguably the hardest part is just about where you take and replace some screws from.
For more information about transferring your data to a new drive – as well as a handy printable cheat sheet – check out our other writeup which goes into more detail.