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A question about Time Machine Backup

I have a Mac Mini 2006 Core Duo with Snow Leopard installed on it, with a 80GB hard drive. While only 37GB of the drive is occupied, I have a spare SATA 2.5'' 250GB drive that I'd like to swap out with the 80GB drive. Unfortunately, I do not have a hard drive enclosure, so I had a different approach.

What I'd like to be able to do is copy my Mac's data to the 250GB drive, and then swap the drives. I don't have another volume that I can backup to, so I want to directly copy everything to the 250GB, effectively making it bootable.

Since it won't be enclosed, I'm going to be attaching it to my PC, and then connecting it to the Mac via Ethernet, and sharing my data as a mounted network drive. Can I make a Time Machine backup of my 80GB to the 250GB drive, and then swap the drives out and boot from the bigger drive? Or would I first have to make a partition on the new drive that I would restore the TM backup to? I know I can't have TM restore the backup to the same partition it is stored on, but I just wasn't sure how it would work.

Another idea I had is that I could backup my drive to the 250GB with CCC, creating a disk image. Then, once the drives are swapped, booting up the SL Install Disk, launching Disk Utility and using its restore function to copy the image to the existing drive.

Any advice on this whole procedure would be greatly appreciated, as I'm not sure how I would copy my current setup to the newer drive without directly connecting it via enclosure.
09-26-2011, 06:14 AM
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