HELP! Trying to move from Hackintosh back to a Mac Pro

huscat

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OK, I have a Hackintosh Core 2 Quad 3.6 that runs great (it's for sale if anyone wants it cheap) and I just bought a Mac Pro 8 core 2.26 and upgraded it to dual 3.19 W5580's and put a couple of Intel 160GB G2 SSD's in it and striped them. It came with a 640GB SATA drive.

Here's what I can't figure out how to accomplish:

My Hackintosh has a 1TB drive in it. I stuck it in the Mac Pro and tried to use the Migration Assistant to transfer over my stuff but all it does is kernel panic the Mac Pro. I tried to reinstall 10.6 on the drive and that didn't work either. So my guess is the Chameleon hack must be causing the Mac Pro some problems.

Questions: How do I get all of my apps and settings and user data over to the Mac Pro? In the old days, you'd just delete the system folder...... :)
 

lemonade-maker

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OK, I have a Hackintosh Core 2 Quad 3.6 that runs great (it's for sale if anyone wants it cheap) and I just bought a Mac Pro 8 core 2.26 and upgraded it to dual 3.19 W5580's and put a couple of Intel 160GB G2 SSD's in it and striped them. It came with a 640GB SATA drive.

Here's what I can't figure out how to accomplish:

My Hackintosh has a 1TB drive in it. I stuck it in the Mac Pro and tried to use the Migration Assistant to transfer over my stuff but all it does is kernel panic the Mac Pro. I tried to reinstall 10.6 on the drive and that didn't work either. So my guess is the Chameleon hack must be causing the Mac Pro some problems.

Questions: How do I get all of my apps and settings and user data over to the Mac Pro? In the old days, you'd just delete the system folder...... :)
You should get rid of the custom extensions and make the boot.plist default. Also make sure both systems have the same version of OS.

I have had success by cloning the hack drive to a normal guid mac partition with no bootloader, replacing the extensions/boot.plist from a good working real mac drive and doing the restore.
 
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dimme

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I would do a clean install of the apps and just copy over the data via eathernet.
 
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huscat

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Oct 25, 2009
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You should get rid of the custom extensions and make the boot.plist default. Also make sure both systems have the same version of OS.

I have had success by cloning the hack drive to a normal guid mac partition with no bootloader, replacing the extensions/boot.plist from a good working real mac drive and doing the restore.
OK, if you would please explain to me in a more step by step fashion how to do this. This seems to make the most sense. Also, I can mount the hackintosh drive in my Mac Pro via SATA no problem. it's just that it won't boot the Mac Pro.

I don't know how to remove the Chameleon extensions or how to change the boot.plist. I know how to use CCC but not how to do the rest of the things you've suggested.
 
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huscat

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By the way, the Migration Assistant does not work

as it appears to clone the things that keep the drive from booting the machine onto the target drive as well.
 
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dr. shdw

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Move everything over by hand. Reinstall all Apps and reconfig preferences, just move over files and stuff. It's a hassle but it'll work.

DO NOT move the ~/Library/ over or any Library over.
 
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lemonade-maker

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OK, if you would please explain to me in a more step by step fashion how to do this. This seems to make the most sense. Also, I can mount the hackintosh drive in my Mac Pro via SATA no problem. it's just that it won't boot the Mac Pro.

I don't know how to remove the Chameleon extensions or how to change the boot.plist. I know how to use CCC but not how to do the rest of the things you've suggested.
I really don't think this is the best site for that. I know there are people more than willing and capable to do so on the sites dedicated to mac hacks. Try insanelymac.com, someone will walk you through it.
 
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nano2nd

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Nov 6, 2009
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I moved from a Hack to a Mac Pro recently using Migration Assistant.

I did a clean install onto a new blank HDD using the Snow Leopard DVD. Rather than booting off the disk, I actually created the new system disk from my Hack by pointing the Snow Leopard installer at the new blank HDD that I had mounted temporarily using a USB-to-SATA quickport adaptor. This mean less actual downtime as I could continue to use the Hack in the meantime for other work.

I then transferred the new HDD into the Mac Pro and booted it straight into Mac OS X. Then I put the old system disk from the Hack into the USB-to-SATA quickport adaptor and connected this via USB to the Mac Pro.

To ensure none of the Hackintosh tweaks made it over to the legit install, I used Migration Assistant to migrate ONLY USER ACCOUNTS. The apps I reinstalled on first use. One of the nice things is that many apps store licensense strings/credentials within your user account so you don't have to dig around for them again.
 
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