Can I just switch my HD from old Mini to New mini without resintall system?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hitteam, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. hitteam macrumors member

    hitteam

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    Hi, I just got my new unibody Mac mini today, and I just reinstalled the Osx and all my software on my old Mac mini (late 2009 model), can I just swap their HD without reinstall all the system and software (+bootcamp) again? And run it on the new Mac mini. Coz I hate to transfer all my data over again. Thank you.
     
  2. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    With 10.6.5 sure.

    With 10.6.4 maybe.

    With 10.6.3 no way.

    They just came out w/10.6.4, but they also have a special updater just for the new mini's, so who knows on 10.6.4.

    Try it and let us know.
     
  3. hitteam thread starter macrumors member

    hitteam

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    humm, you actually just remind me about that 2010 mini 10.6.4 update i did for it early. i will give it a try later.
     
  4. scottness macrumors 65816

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    It might be tricky swapping the hard drive, depending on your comfort level.
     
  5. AppliedMicro macrumors 6502a

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    Don't know if the Mini has a special OS X build preinstalled but I just swapped drives between my minis (old and new). No problems so far. Wifi, Bluetooth, Audio all working well...
     
  6. meekgeek macrumors newbie

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    Were you on 10.6.4 when you did the swap?

    10.6.4 for all Macs (except the 2010 Mac mini) is build 10F569.

    The Mac mini-specific build of 10.6.4 should have another build number. Can someone confirm?
     
  7. Cinab1mt macrumors regular

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    In considering this...

    Can I use a backup on taken from my MBP? Its a Time Machine backup, and I am wondering if I can get away using APPS that I only purchased a one time license for both on my new Mac Mini, and MBP? Am I crazy in thinking this? Help me out!:confused:

    Thanks!
     
  8. AppliedMicro macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. Didn't boot from the new Mini's built-in HD even once, so I don't know whether it uses a special build.
     
  9. CWallace macrumors 603

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    You can always just connect them with a FireWire 800 cable and use the "Transfer My Mac" option during first startup on the new Mini.
     
  10. AppliedMicro macrumors 6502a

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    My new aluminum unibody mini came with 10.6.3 (10D2235).
    Fully updated 10.6.4 from old Mac mini is 10.6.4 (10F569).

    - Airport, FireWire, USB, mini DisplayPort-Out, Audio-Out working well with both systems. Fan control seems to work (just from the noise it makes).
    - Card reader not recognized by 10.6.4 (10F569), though it works on pre-installed 10.6.3 (10D2235).
    - Ethernet, Audio-In: Not yet tested.

    I'm lazy, so I'm probably just going to wait for 10.6.5 to support the card reader, instead of re-installing from Install DVD.
     
  11. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    I made a superduper image of my hard drive from my old mac mini (Dec. 2009 purchased) and then restored that image to a 64 GB Kingston SSD drive which i put in the 2010 Mac mini. But no ethernet. I'm getting a message that the cable is unplugged, even though it is not. I thought I broke or disconnected a cable during the SSD install but the Ethernet is detected if I boot off the OSX DVD.

    Anyone know where I can get the mini specific 10.6.4 update?

    UPDATE: the 10.6.4 update for the 2010 mini did not fix the ethernet issue. I did successfully install OSX on an external firewire drive using the provided OSX disc (grey) and ethernet does work so there is definitely some issues with taking a drive from an older mac mini and putting it into the 2010 mini.
     
  12. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    I can't make a difference between 1800RPM and 2300RPM by ear. Install the iStat trail and look it up.
    If you have an external 2.5" enclosure or SATA-2-USB Adapter, copy over the
    /System/Library/Extensions/AppleSDXC.kext
    This should make the card reader work.

    My Mini came with 10.6.3 as well, though.
     
  13. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    Your discussion got me curious, so I pulled out my 2010 OSX and my late 2009 OSX.

    2010 as yours 10.6.3 (2Z691-6657-A)
    2009 10.6.2 (2Z691-6603-A)

    I read somewhere it is best not to mix even OSX from different machines, like here:the 4,1 and the 3,1.

    Does that make any sense?:confused:
     

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