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Well, after 4 failed attempts to clone the old OSX HDD to the new 1TB seagate SSHD I finally got it to work using OSX‘s built in Disk Utility.

In the end user theratter gave me the answer

Clone El Capitan to a New Disk

  1. Restart the computer. Immediately after the chime hold down the Command–R keys until the Apple logo and progress bar appear.

  2. When the Utility Menu appears select Disk Utility and click on the Continue button.

  3. When Disk Utility loads select the disk (usually, the out-dented entry) from the side list.

  4. Click on the Partition tab in Disk Utility‘s main window. A panel will drop down.

  5. Set the partition scheme to GUID.

  6. Set the Format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.)

  7. Click on the Apply button, then click on the Done button when it activates.

  8. Select the new Seagate drive then select Restore from the Disk Utility’s Edit menu.

  9. From the dropdown menu select the volume you want to clone.

  10. Click on the Apply button to start the process.


After some struggle to remove the old drive the new drive works and after resetting the PRAM, the MackBooPro now boots super fast.

Thank you forum member theratter

So for 3 nights I have attempted to clone my old 512 GB hd to a new 1TB Seagate SSHD hybrid drive and for 3 night I have failed. I keep finding that it randomly disconnects with the “Drive incorrectly removed” message from OSX.

I have deactivated all the autolog out/shutdown setting but still getting this issue and its driving me crazy.

16GB 13″MBP

Wow longtime no update.

In 2012 I took a chance and dumped windows laptop in favour of the over priced MacBook Pros. Apart of software lacking in places I have to say that I have never looked back. currently I have a 13″ MBP which I squeeze into my camera bag and take everywhere among with a first gen iPad mini.

My Last holiday I took over 400 photo’s of castles in sony raw format but when it came to processing them the MBP’s stoke 4 gig of ram just ran out (was down to 38MB of ram and commands lagging.) I took a chance and raided my saving to max out the ram on the little laptop to what crucial offered.

Point to note – Apple say that the 13″ can only run 8GB however the Crucial tool say 16GB. The issue has to do with what apple sets up as a bios type file (Not sure how to name them as its sort of midway between a bios and os boot files.)

But anyway, I upgraded the Ram and started to get problems, boot times slowed to that of a kettle boiling water. After a bit of a search I found I had to reset the pram files using CMD+OPT+H+P but I don’t have the OPT key on mine. After more google I found out that OPT is actually ALT and on some of the older keyboards OPT is still printed. 

While I can now finished editing the photo’s without long waits between issuing commands, I have noticed a few other issues cropping up.

While playing portal (Valve/Halflife spinoff) The magsafe connector and associated electrics run very hot! unlike my Windows 7 laptop, the MBP didn’t freeze, but its still worrying to feel such heat.

Other points to note that cause increased boot times.
Colour Vision’s Spider elite software is causing boot delays and the gallery app needed to calibrate the iPad via mavarics is also causing issues. I need to spend more time trying to work things out but apart from that, dumping my bt modem for the apple Airport extreme means that my wifi connections are far more reliable.