Booting from clone on a different computer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Luis Ortega, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2007
    Fetcham Surrey UK
    I made a clone of my MBP Tiger system using superduper to an external drive before upgrading to Leopard on the MBP.
    I also have a Mac Pro running Leopard.
    I would like to transfer just my emails in Mail from the MBP clone image to my Mail inbox and sent folders on my Mac Pro.
    The rest of the clone doesn't interest me and I plan to wipe it out and create a new clone of the MBP after it is all set up running Leopard.
    Migration assistant didn't seem to allow me to do just this so I didn't use it.
    Can I connect the external drive with the MBP clone image to my Mac Pro and boot from that without creating problems because it is another computer with different hardware?
    Can I then just export those Mail folders and then import them into my Mac Pro's Mail folders?
    If doing it on the Mac Pro is impossible, can I boot from the clone with my MBP now that it is running Leopard and export the Mail folders there then just transfer them to the Mac Pro?
    Thanks for any advice.
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Well of the choices you mentioned, the one that is guaranteed to work is to boot the original MBP with the clone since it is a clone of the MBP's original boot disk.

    Booting the Mac Pro using the MBP clone is doubtful, but a lot of that would depend on which revision of the Mac Pro it is since early 08 ones shipped with Leopard but earlier ones shipped with Tiger. I am betting that the 08 MPs would not boot from Tiger but I have not had reason to try it on mine. You can try it if you wish of course without risk- it will either boot successfully or it won't! ;)

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