Replacing the main HD on the Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SHNXX, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    I'm looking to replace my old 1TB hdd on my Mac Pro.
    I've added hdd before but never replaced the main one.
    What are some pitfalls I should be aware of?
  2. Fastsavage, Nov 13, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013

    Fastsavage macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2011
    Christchurch New Zealand
    No dramas really - just take a back up of your old HDD - or use Time Machine and then format and transfer your data over - easy...
  3. Michael73 macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    I've done this twice, both times increasing the drive size along the way. Each time I inserted the new drive into sled 2, 3 or 4 and formatted it. Once complete, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the boot drive to the new drive. Depending on how GBs (or TBs) it could take a bit but as Fastsavage said, it's easy.

    FWIW, Time Machine works too.
  4. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2013
    DMV Area
    Agreed with all of the above. Pretty straightforward, as long as you run a backup of your existing disk. CCC or SuperDuper are good if you don't have an install disk(c) handy.
  5. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Remember that the sleds are set up for a 3.5" drive (either a typical HDD or a 3.5" SSD like the old Vertex2 drives) but you can easily get a 2.5" version of the sled from the likes of OWC if you are planing yo use a SSD of, say, 256Gb or so. They have the OWC Mount Pro.

    The current favourite SSDs seem to be the Samsung 840 EVO or Pro.

    Pop it in a spare sled and let CCC do its work, pull the old one and you are done.
  6. Phildo macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2011
    Perth, Western Australia
  7. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    Actually, IMHO, the best cloning software is the Restore command in Apples's Disk utility.


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