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plong
Nov 19, 2009, 11:50 AM
My G5 processors just failed (unfortunately, that seems to be going around). I just ordered a new MP. :apple:

Is there any reason why I can't just take the HDs from my old PPC G5 and stick them in the new Mac Pro? I want to keep all my data, and erase what I don't need. Obviously, one of them will have all the operating system files on it (10.4.11).

Will this work?

My initial thought is "of course it will work", but just wanted to check that there isn't some strange PPC vs Intel format compatibility issue.



cal6n
Nov 19, 2009, 12:11 PM
They'll install OK, physically and you'll be able to use them just fine. Your mac pro probably won't boot off of your old hard drive but you should be able to transfer your files painlessly using the migration assistant.

plong
Nov 19, 2009, 12:38 PM
Thanks, that's about what I had hoped to hear.

Cheers.

goMac
Nov 19, 2009, 01:36 PM
Your Mac Pro definitely won't boot off your existing boot drive. You'll have to migrate all your files over to the Mac Pro and move to 10.5 or 10.6.

Be sure all your software is Intel compatible and 10.5 or 10.6 compatible.

promoose
Nov 19, 2009, 03:32 PM
My G5 processors just failed (unfortunately, that seems to be going around). I just ordered a new MP. :apple:

Is there any reason why I can't just take the HDs from my old PPC G5 and stick them in the new Mac Pro? I want to keep all my data, and erase what I don't need. Obviously, one of them will have all the operating system files on it (10.4.11).

Will this work?

My initial thought is "of course it will work", but just wanted to check that there isn't some strange PPC vs Intel format compatibility issue.

Worked fine for me. Install your G5 boot disk before your first start up, and the set-up assistant will recognize it.