Lost my system discs! How do I set up new HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by slim tim slide, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. slim tim slide macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    My beloved old G4 is getting very full and I want to install a 2nd hard drive. I am currently using a partitioned disc with OS9.2.2 on one half and OSX 3 (panther) on the other. When moving house three years ago I lost a whole box of CD's including all my system discs - not too much of a problem up to now as it's all on my HD BUT how can I now install system software onto a new HD? can I just move it over or what?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Carbon copy cloner or super duper will make an exact copy of the drive onto the new one.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    You can copy over Mac OS 9 from drive to drive - it won't complain if you do this, since a Mac OS 9 installation is pretty self-contained. Mac OS X, however is NOT self-contained at all. Trying to copy it over without using the official installer will only get you into trouble.

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