Rohan came with a 120 GB hard disk and I'm currently down to about 10.5 GB free space. This leaves me little room to experiment with virtual machines, plus as I take more high resolution pictures with the Nikon S560 I bought back in May, that space is dwindling.
So, I went to the online geek toy Mecca, AKA NewEgg, and ordered a Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500 GB disk, which should last me until Rohan eventually gets replaced in a couple of years. I also ordered a MacAlly external FireWire/USB enclosure for the old disk.
There are a few ways I can do the disk swap and get my system back:
- Make a backup in Time Machine, swap the disks, then do a restore.
- Install the new disk in the enclosure, clone it using SuperDuper!, then swap them.
- Install the new disk in Rohan, install the old disk in the enclosure, then with the enclosure connected to Rohan, install Leopard on the new drive and use OS X's Migration Assistant to import all my apps, data, and settings from the old disk.
To do the physical swap, I will follow the excellent instructions available from iFixit.