Hi all, I have a 2006 Mac Mini Core Duo with a 80GB hard drive. Only about 37GB is filled on the drive, but I decided I would like to upgrade my hard drive size, and I have a 250GB 2.5 inch SATA laptop drive laying around that I thought would be perfect for the replacement. However, since I don't have a hard drive enclosure to directly connect the drive to the Mac, I have instead opted for a more, shall we say, involved solution. I hooked up the drive to my PC, and used MacDrive to format the drive as a GUID partition scheme with a single HFS+ partition. I then attached the two computers - Mac and PC - directly with an Ethernet cable, since I know Gigabit Ethernet transfers are going to be MUCH faster in this case. Once I had both computers on the same ad-hoc LAN, I mounted the 250GB drive on my Mac, and then ran CCC to clone to the drive. So far, so good, but I have some concerns. Since I am not going to be installing the drive internally into the Mac, but rather have someone else do it, I want to make sure that it will boot correctly. Unfortunately, CCC warned me that the drive would not be bootable, because it is not formated as HFS+. I know that is because - even though the drive is formatted for Mac - the Mini recognizes it as an SMB drive. So if I back up to a networked drive, would it lose the ability to boot, despite the fact that it is formatted HFS+? Would I lose any other file-system properties, such as ACL and POSIX permissions? I do have Firewire 400 on both computers, so could I somehow boot the Mini from the 250GB drive in the PC? I know that they are not both Macs, so using Target Disk Mode is out of the question, but if I could select the disk from the Mac's Startup Disk option, then I would be in luck, right? I suppose I'm somewhat confused as to whether I will be able to use the drive I have cloned to as a replacement for the 80GB drive. I want to know before I swap the drives out and find out that it didn't work.