Data & Hard Drive Swap from PC to Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Prodo123, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

    Prodo123

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    2.2Ghz 15" MBP, and I need to swap hard drives.
    I'm swapping my Seagate Momentus XT (SD25) which has all of my data on it, to the Mac.
    I also want to transfer all of my data along with the hard drive.

    There's two options:
    1. Move all of my data to an external drive via USB/ethernet, swap hard drives, install OS X and move the files back
    2. Swap hard drives first, install Mac on unallocated space, and move data via local file transfer

    Theoretically the first one should take 3 days to complete. The second one should take 3 hours or less. The problem is, I don't know if the second option will work.
    I'm also confused on OS X's compatibility with NTFS. Are NTFS file partitions read-only in OS X, or do they not show up at all?

    Are any of these viable solutions, or do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Solution 1 will work, 2 will not. It will have to be totally reformatted to be a bootable OS X volume, as it has to use the GUID partition table, which it doesn't, coming from a PC. Option 1 may be more of a pain, but it's pretty much the only option. NTFS is read-only without a couple third party installs, and should mount normally.
     
  3. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's why I'll reserve 160GB as unallocated, unformatted space to be used for the MACOSX format. That way a bootable OS X partition is created alongside a preexisting Windows partition. I've done it before with Hackintoshes, so would this work with a Mac too?
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It may be worth a try, but I don't know how that would work. PCs typically use MBR, as it works with the normal BIOS. However, for a hackintosh, you may have had a system with EFI rather than BIOS, which would mean it would already use the GUID partition table. If it's MBR though, I believe you're out of luck.
     
  5. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'll give it a try. After all, GPT and EFI both have backwards compatibility to BIOS and MBR.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Correct, but OS X doesn't like MBR as a boot volume.
     

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