Changing primary drive

CatharticFlux

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Jan 20, 2004
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I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I didn't have much luck searching for it so I apologize beforehand.

What's the easy way to change out my primary drive? I'd like to replace the stock 250GB drive on my MP to a raptor 150. I already use another 500GB SATA drive for my music and media, but my home directory, lightroom vault, iphoto library, docs, etc are still on my primary.

Is there a 'fast' way to copy the filesystem from one drive to another, or is the best idea to reinstall OSX?

Thanks in advance
 

bigbird

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Aug 17, 2007
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I've used SuperDuper to clone the primary drive to a secondary drive. Install and format your new primary drive. Then again use Superduper to transfer everything back to the new primary.
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Thanks for the help! I appreciate it.
Copying the files is the most time consuming component. It takes a few hours for 22 GB so I can make a deployment image from my master machine. Imaging a new machine takes 12 minutes and 22 if I want to verify the imaged machine. :rolleyes:
 

Sean Dempsey

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Aug 7, 2006
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I did the same thing. I put in the Raptor150, used Superduper to clone the stock 250 to it, and then chose the Raptor as the startup disk.

Done. Easiest thing in the world.
 

ziwi

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Jan 6, 2004
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Right back where I started...
Here is a twist on that - what if say one used superduper on the primary on a G5 and then wondered if it was possible to restore it to a Mac Pro - is that doable or is it not possible or not recommended due to cross platform architecture?
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Here is a twist on that - what if say one used superduper on the primary on a G5 and then wondered if it was possible to restore it to a Mac Pro - is that doable or is it not possible or not recommended due to cross platform architecture?
You can't boot an Intel machine using a PowerPC version of OS X and the partition scheme wouldn't work.
 

irishgrizzly

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May 15, 2006
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If I'm getting a new system can I just install the OS on to a the a extra drive using the startup/installation disks? and then delete the OS off the stock drive? I'd like to do this because I'd like to do a custom install.
 

tyr2

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May 6, 2006
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If I'm getting a new system can I just install the OS on to a the a extra drive using the startup/installation disks? and then delete the OS off the stock drive? I'd like to do this because I'd like to do a custom install.
Yes that will work fine.