need help/advice on upgrading startup disk on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jajo3, May 27, 2012.

  1. jajo3 macrumors newbie

    jajo3

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    I want to exchange my startup disk.
    Configuration of Mac Pro: 4 internal HD’s: 1TB Seagate (startup disk), 1TB WD, 2TB WD and 100GB Maxtor. I also have an external drive (200 GB) hooked up to the Firewire port. The external drive is currently blank. I might use that for music files storage and maybe pictures as well.

    I want to use one of the other 3 internal HD’s in my Mac Pro as startup disk and I want to clone the current startup disk to one of the other 3. How can I do that with help of Super Duper? Or is it better to use Carbon Copy Cloner?

    I’ve recently run tests with Tech Tool Pro and it looks like the Macintosh HD startup disk will have to be replaced in the near future. So, I want to clone this HD to either the 1TB WD or 2TB WD.

    I’m leaning towards the 1 TB WD, because it won’t take as long as the 2 TB WD to like back it up and look up stuff up (I would imagine).
    Besides the OS and applications I would not store much more on it. Bigger files like for movies, I’m planning to store on the 2 TB WD. The 100 GB Maxtor will be reserved for text files and other documents.
    Currently I only have a disk image of the 1TB WD on my 2 TB WD. My plan is to clone the MacHD startup disk to the 1TB WD (I understand that it will be erase automatically before cloning with SuperDuper). Then I would make that my startup disk. My worry is, will the system boot up from this disk without any problems?

    Another question I have is, can I use the ‘old’ MacHD for storage? (I will run backups onto my 3 TB Time Capsule). What happens when this drive fails? Can I restore the backed up files on another drive?

    Thank you in advance for your help!
     
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601

    derbothaus

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    You can use a Hard Drive for any storage purpose and re-format after it has served it's intended purpose. Pick the disk you want for boot. (I'd pick the one with the fastest response times) and clone over from SD! or CCC does not matter. You can clone from Disk Utility as well. Get familiar with Disk Utility.
     
  3. jajo3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    jajo3

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    Thank you very much for your input, derbothaus.
    I have been using Disk utility for making images etc., but I did not know you could also use it for making a clone of a drive. Probably a stupid question :eek:, but is a disk image the same as clone?. Thanks for the tip.
    How can I find out which HD has the fastest response time?
     

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