OS X installed in one machine and used in another

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lled7, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. lled7 macrumors newbie

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    I have an 2006 iMac with a Core 2 Duo and 3GB of memory and a 2009 13" Mac Book Pro with a Core 2 Duo and 8GB of memory.

    I'm sure the best practice would be to install Mac OS X to an SSD while using the Mac Book Pro. However, I was wondering if I can on my iMac, install Mac OS X to an SSD in a firewire hard drive dock and then use that SSD and replace the hard drive in the Mac Book Pro? Thanks in advance for the replies....
     
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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  3. lled7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Even though both units use different graphics cards it should still work right?
     
  4. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    In that case, you may have some driver and compatibility issues. I misread the OP and assumed you were moving from one Mac to another of the same type - my fault.

    I would recommend installing OS X either while the SSD is connected to the FW port of the Macbook, or after the SSD has been inserted into the Macbook.
     
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I think you will have no issues. A couple of years ago my 8 core Mac Pro had to go into the shop. I had a cloned backup of the Mac Pro's boot disk on an external drive. I simply booted my MBP (lap top) off the external drive. They were the same year however. But I think OS X installs a complete version of itself, and then checks the HW as it boots. If it finds a different set than the last boot, it will simply use the appropriate drivers.
     
  6. lled7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes these two are of different years (2006 and 2009). Different video cards and probably different Intel chipsets. I guess I can give it a try and report back. I was hoping someone had already gone down this road for me and give me some insight.
     

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