iMac G5 Hard Disc upgrade

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by skp574, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2005
    I am thinking of swapping out my 160GB drive for a larger one.

    I would like to ghost the existing drive onto the new one.

    What is the best way to do this? I don't really want to have to setup the system up again from scratch.

    As the for hard disc itself, is there anything I should be aware of. Is it just a case of swapping new for old? I am thinking about using a 400Gig drive.

    Is it worth partitioning a drive of this size? Say a couple of partitions, OS, Documents, Music, Pictures? Or just keep it all on one?

  2. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2004
    You need something to "host" your new drive while you transfer your data with Carbon Copy Cloner

    The ideal solution for you would be to buy external firewire enclosure for Serial ATA drives (e.g.
    put your old drive in it,
    put new one in iMac,
    boot off external drive (your old one)
    format internal and transfer all your data with CCC
    keep external drive for backups

    If you want double safety:
    put new drive in FW case
    format it and CCC data to it
    verify you can boot off it
    swap drives
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2005

    Thanks for the tip. Once I get the funds I may just do that.

    If not, I may just look as a NAS instead once they drop in price.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2004
    Why not plain external Firewire drive? In many cases they are just slightly more expensive than the equivalent bare drive. Unlike NAS you can also boot off them which is extremely convenient. Also typical 100MB network bandwidth is 4 times lower (narrower?) than even Firewire 400. Firewire drives are greatly portable - the fastest way to move 40GB across the town.

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