Reinstall of Boot Drive Help

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mstell168, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. mstell168 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2007
    Hi, looking for some advise. I got the fatal folder with with question mark and grinding sound of the hard drive when starting my 2008 Mac Pro this weekend. After some diagnostics it was obvious the Hard Drive is dead, of course its the main drive that runs the OS and all my apps.

    I am picking up a new drive today and was wondering the best approach to get it up and running again. Everying it is backed-up on my external drive through Time Machine. Since the drive is dead I can't use a copy cloner to the new drive. Would I install the the hardrive and start the Mac Pro to boot off the Leopard CD, intall that and then try to run the backup from Time Machine?? Just wanted to know the best approach in this situation.

  2. C. Alan macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2009
    The easiest way to get everything back is to boot up your computer using the install CD's that came with our machine. If it Leopard, you should be given the option to reinstall from your time machine backup during the installation procedure. For more information, take a look at this apple article: This should restore your machine (apps and all) to the state before the crash. I have done this before on Imacs to restore the system after installing a larger HD, and it works great.

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