I have a 2009 unibody Macbook Pro 13". Last year I took out the optical drive, replaced it with the original hard drive and installed a 256GB SSD in its place. I then setup Win7 on a small (75GB) partition.
The Windows partition is now full so I bought another 256GB SSD with the intention of dedicating the whole drive to Bootcamp.
So now it looks like I have two options:
- Clone the Bootcamp partition to the new SSD and swap them out
- Run Boot Camp assistant and install a fresh Windows 7 system on the SSD.
I'm not sure if the first method will work - I worry the system will detect the hardware has changed and grumble/break if I do this. Also, Apple Disk utility can't work with NTFS format drives and there is a plethora of cloning utilities to choose from.
The problem with method 2 is that Bootcamp will only setup Windows from the CD drive installed in the bay and of course that's where my new SSD lives. I don't think my MBP can boot from USB so my original plan to create a bootable thumbdrive will almost certainly fail.
I would really appreciate your comments and suggestions.