Hardware Specific OS X shipped with systems?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Doug0915, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Doug0915 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I was contemplating using Carbon Copy Cloner vs Migration Assistant in regards to moving my system from a MacBook Pro 5,5 to a 2014 Mac Mini.

    At first I thought there would not be any problems...

    but then I read


    which says that some Macs ship with Hardware specific versions of OS X.

    Can anybody confirm this? I would hate to lose some performance (say on a Fusion Drive) due to me cloning my Yosemity setup from my old MacBook to the Mac Mini vs doing Migration Assistant.

    But, using CCC will save me a boatload of time vs Migration assistant.

    thanks ahead of time for any assistance
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    When OS X came on install disks, you couldn't use the disks from one model to install on another model, so yes, I would expect problems with drivers if you used CCC to clone from a MBP to a mini. I would use the opportunity to start with a clean system with fresh app installations and just move your data to the new system.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You will be fine cloning that since you are on Yosemite and Yosemite includes any drivers needed for the Mini.

    Where you would have trouble would be say if you still had Snow Leopard on your old MacBook and tried to clone that to a new Mini it would not work since Snow Leopard would not have the drivers.

    What CCC is talking about with hardware specific OS versions is sometimes there will be a special build of the OS on new machines only until the next point release comes out that includes the new drivers. But this does not apply to your scenario.
  4. Doug0915 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    That's what I was thinking (and what I initially understood). Of course If I'm paranoid I could always back up the original new installation of Yosemity prior to overwriting with CCC.

    thanks for the info. Very helpful!

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