G5 Hard Drive transplant to new Mac Pro

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by plong, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. plong macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    My G5 processors just failed (unfortunately, that seems to be going around). I just ordered a new MP. :apple:

    Is there any reason why I can't just take the HDs from my old PPC G5 and stick them in the new Mac Pro? I want to keep all my data, and erase what I don't need. Obviously, one of them will have all the operating system files on it (10.4.11).

    Will this work?

    My initial thought is "of course it will work", but just wanted to check that there isn't some strange PPC vs Intel format compatibility issue.
  2. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    They'll install OK, physically and you'll be able to use them just fine. Your mac pro probably won't boot off of your old hard drive but you should be able to transfer your files painlessly using the migration assistant.
  3. plong thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    Thanks, that's about what I had hoped to hear.

  4. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Your Mac Pro definitely won't boot off your existing boot drive. You'll have to migrate all your files over to the Mac Pro and move to 10.5 or 10.6.

    Be sure all your software is Intel compatible and 10.5 or 10.6 compatible.
  5. promoose macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    Worked fine for me. Install your G5 boot disk before your first start up, and the set-up assistant will recognize it.

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