Migrating to new MP, adding SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Photoshopper, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Photoshopper macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2010
    I know similar tasks have been covered regularly, but I need advice for my particular situation:

    I'm getting a '10 refurb MP (3.2GHz), replacing my ancient PPC G5 (finally!)
    I'll be installing 12 GB memory, an additional CaviarBlack 1TB HDD and a 115 GB OWC SSD. The SSD will be the boot for System/Apps, the primary HDD for data, and the 2nd HDD a backup of both other drives combined.
    I don't want to partition anything, I need to keep it as simple as possible, and will use SuperDuper (as I do now) to periodically back up the two drives. I also have a backup of everything on an external stored offsite.

    So, to reveal my ignorance, after I install the new memory and drives, I would:

    --Use install disc to format all drives (if needed). Choose SSD as boot drive and install OS on it.

    --With Migration Assistant, copy entire old G5 drive (except Users Folder) to SSD.

    --With MA, copy Users folder to primary HDD.

    --With CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper, copy both SSD and new primary HDD to new backup HDD.

    --Pray... :confused:

    I'm sure this is totally wack, so please set me straight. I feel like I should be able to do this on my own without calling in the cavalry if the fine folks in our forum can help me out! :D
  2. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Here's what I would do.

    1) Add the drives to MP.
    2) Boot from the CD and install OS X to the SSD. I'm pretty sure it'll do the formatting for you here on that drive. If not, you can use Disk Utility from the CD and format yourself if there are issues.
    3) Change home directory to HDD of your choice (search for guide on here, it's pretty easy).
    4) Copy User folder from your G5 to your Home drive.

    It's been a little while since I've done it, but it's pretty straightforward. I'm not sure it's recommended to copy a boot drive from a PowerPC (or any different model machine, for that matter) to your new MP. Someone else will confirm that for you.

    Nice setup. Enjoy :)
  3. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    for compatibility sake, I'd forgo doing any form of migration from a PowerPC system.
    Start new, install OSX on your SSD and place the files you need over. I'm sure OSX is smart enough to transfer/migrate files from PowerPC to Intel just fine, but for the sake of starting with anew install it may beneficial to start everything off with a new install including apps and just manually transfer your other documents and files over
  4. derbothaus, Jun 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011

    derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    I have the same setup. Just not coming from the G5 (which is arbitrary as you will only be moving the Home folder)
    Install the OS and all your "updated" apps to your SSD.
    Create the account with the same name (and short name) as your previous system.
    Copy your Home folder to the HD of your choosing. It may be a good idea to prune the ~/Library/Application Support and ~/Library/Preferences directories and purge anything you are not installing on the new system. That is my choice as it will keep things even leaner.

    Then open System Preferences and choose account tab.
    Unlock the lock if it is not already. Cntrl-Click on your account name and choose the "Advanced Options".

    In Home Directory box choose the location of your newly moved Home folder.
    Don't change anything else!

    Click OK and apply if needed.
    Reboot Mac.

    Verify that your new folder has the House icon and you can get to it in something like Finder.

    Go into HD/Users/ and delete the remaining Home directory folder.

    That's all. You'll need to do 2 backups now if you were using SuperDuper. 1 for the boot and 1 for the data portions unless someone else has a trick to have it seen as one contiguous volume and on 1 image file.

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