Moving Harddrives

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by colincarter, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. colincarter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008

    Ive currently got a 2008 MacPro 3.1 populated with a 500gb SSD boot drive in bay one running mavericks and 3 4th hard drives in the the other bays.

    If i get a 12c 3.33 Mac Pro 5.1 can i just move all 4 drives into the new mac or will i need to reinstall mavericks due to different hardware?

    i understand that the 3 data drives should just move over into the new sleds but really my question is the boot drive.

    thanks in advance for your replies.

    Merry Christmas

  2. tomvos macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2005
    In the Nexus.
    Usually the Mac Pro should be able to find the bootable SSD. Because the firmware tries to find a bootable drive if it's previously know boot partition is not found.

    If you have more than one bootable partition, the new Mac might boot from the wrong partition. But this is not much of an issue because you can change the boot drive from the system preferences of any halfway recent Mac OS X release.

    If the firmware does not detect any partition, you might want to try to boot the Mac with the Option key pressed down during reboot to force the system to detect any bootable partitions. But in general, putting a different bootable drive from one Mac into another is a trivial matter.

    Concerning drivers: Mac OS X is shipped with drivers for all Apple Hardware supported by the Mac OS X release. Unless you have some special hardware which has it's own drivers, you don't need to install anything (or reinstall the OS for that matter).
  3. colincarter thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    thanks for that Tom, i thought it would be straightforward but I've had trouble in the past on windows machines so i thought i would ask the question.

    thanks again
  4. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012

    Simple answer - Yes!

    Again - Simple Answer - No!

  5. colincarter thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    thanks Lou
  6. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Literally 'drag and drop' and you should be fine. Will have to re-sled everything though as the newer models are different.
  7. colincarter thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Thanks Gav, and yes I realised the sleds were different

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