Can I install my old drive in my new Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by percival504, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. percival504 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    I'm moving from a dual core MBP to a hexacore 3.33 Mac Pro (apropos nothing: I am going to install 2 X25-es and 32GB RAM - I expect that it will... umm fly :)).

    Can I just install my MBP boot drive in my Mac Pro (as the boot drive)? The MBP drive is based upon the original OS that came pre-installed. As I understand it, when that is the case, the OS will not work on different hardware - for example, I know that you can only use the recovery disk on the computer that it came with - or am I mistaken?

    I ask because I am running a little wiki server now (Lion Server), and I cannot find a decent answer about how to migrate it.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you have the latest 10.6.8 or 10.7.x version installed on that MBP, you will have the drivers for the 2010/11 Mac Pro, thus can use it as boot drive. You could also put the MBP into Target Disk Mode and clone the MBP's HDD onto the MP's HDD via CarbonCopyCloner.
  3. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    That's correct.
    It accomplishes the same thing as moving the hard drive, but saves you the trouble of physically moving drives.
    I believe with a firewire cable you could also use migration assistant on the new computer to copy the users and applications to the new one.

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