Early 2008 to Early 2009

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  1. Jigga Beef macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2009
    Philadelphia, Pa
    A friend of mine is going to "give" me his old Early 2009 Mac Pro. It's a siginifant upgrade from my current early 2008 Mac Pro 3,1.

    I am HOPING i can just take out my current hard drives and put them in the early 2009 machine without much trouble. Obviously it will save tim with migration and things of that nature.

    Will this work or is that too simple and will lead to some issues down the line.

    Bay 1: Boot drive is an SSD,
    bay 2: clone of SSD Boot
    Bay 3: iTunes drive
    Bay: 4 clone of iTunes drive

    I figured I may have some issues with the clones but I can always adjust those with CCC.

    Also do we think the next macOS will run on the early 2009. Part of my reason for upgrading is to get up and running on the latest OS since both of my laptops run that.
  2. Macschrauber macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2015
    You need to fiddle a bit to run Sierra on the Mac Pro 4.1. See the regarding thread. If you have a wifi card in your mac this _could_ prevent booting.

    Just swap the Drives, it should run. Take a look at time machine backups, these are stamped with your unique machine ID.
  3. Beagl3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2016
    Officially, the 2009 Mac Pro is out of software support already. But since Apple sold the Mac Pro 5.1 until 2013, i personally think your machine will see at least the next 1-2 major macOS releases if you apply the 4.1->5.1 firmware upgrade.

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