Transfering OS to new hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Macarc, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Macarc macrumors newbie

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    I'm about to add a new hard drive in my Quicksilver Powermac G4. I want to use this new drive as my boot drive, but I don't want to reinstall everything. What is the best (easiest) way to move all the data (including the OS) from the old drive to the new? I will keep this old drive in the computer for back up.

    Thanks
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    SuperDuper!

    Free. (If you pay for it, there's a nice feature called a Smart Update or something like that, which effectively becomes a "backup" solution (a clone solution) that only updates changed data on the backup, rather than erasing and re-cloning the whole drive.)
    Clones your old disk to the new one.
    Reboot.
    Done.
     
  3. Macarc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,

    That sounds like a good solution. I'll give it a try
     
  4. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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  5. aibo macrumors 6502

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    always works great for me
     
  6. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

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    Another option is booting up off of the OS X install DVD, run disk utility and use the restore function. I've always been one for doing a clone when the source drive (assuming it's the OS drive) is not booted up.
     

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  7. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Another vote for CCC.

    It can clone and is a very good back-up solution.

    It is also free.

    Loa
     
  8. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    All three of these solutions do pretty much the same thing. I've heard good things about CCC, though have never used it myself. Superduper gets my personal recommendation and it has a very easy to use interface. If you know how to use Disk Utility, I wouldn't hesitate to use it either.
     
  9. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    I prefer SuperDuper! It seems much faster than CCC, no ads, but both work well.
     
  10. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    How much faster? Can you benchmark it? And the ads don't really bother me..
     

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