transferring entire os and applications from one hdd to another

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  1. Tony5787 macrumors member

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    hey guys im looking to get a 10,000rpm velociraptor drive and transport all of my current apps and osx from the standard 320 gb drive to the velociraptor. how would i go about doing this? would i need to save everything on an external drive and then transfer it to the velociraptor? or could i just insert the velociraptor into drive bay 2 and then drag everything from the 320 gb hdd in drive bay 1 onto the velociraptor? ive never installed an os on a computer before so this might sound like a dumb question but any information that you might have would be helpful. thanks in advance
     
  2. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    If I were to do it myself, I would make a clone (I use SuperDuper!) and transfer the clone to the new drive--the easiest way (at least for me).
     
  3. lemonade-maker macrumors 6502

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  4. Tony5787 thread starter macrumors member

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    i just bought my mac and it has final cut studio and adobe design suite cs4 on it through a volume license. would i have any problems copying these programs from my old hdd to the new one since i am not the original license holder? if youre wondering i bought it from a mac renter who was selling it because they bought new mac pro octos and mine is the 2008 model. all applications are legitimate
     
  5. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for bringing up this topic! I'm getting my new (refurb) Mac Pro in a few days, and want to replace the OEM drive with a new 1TB drive, so I was about to start looking for the best way to transfer everything over.

    Anyone want to give a simple step-by-step for the transfer process?

    TIA
     
  6. ttopp macrumors regular

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    you might find that you get asked for the "key" when you try and start those programes after you transfer them.

    i use carbon copy cloner it works perfect. what to do is start up from the copy/external drive before you delete the hard drive in your mac and run the programs then you will know for sure..
     
  7. Tony5787 thread starter macrumors member

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    yea i definately wont delete the original hdd without checking the new one first
     
  8. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    To clone a HDD to another you need nothing but disk utility from OS X. Fit the new disk into the Mac and open disk utility. Click on one of the disks like the old. Then go to the last folder "restore". You find a source and a target disk field. Simply drag and drop your old disk into the source field and the new into the target field and wait some minutes for the disks to copy. You obviously have to use a HDD that is already partitioned or you will need to use the partitioning menu in disk utility on the new HDD before you do the cloning. Make sure you use the option "GUID partition table" when you partition a drive for a Mac Pro.
     
  9. TimmyDee macrumors member

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    I'm going to put another vote in for Carbon Copy Cloner. You can even do a block level copy, so the new drive is literally identical to the old one (all data is in the same place on the drive).

    Very reliable software. I used to use it often when I was a Mac specialist.
     
  10. ncc1701d macrumors 6502

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    I'm not advocating this, just wondering - no one is suggesting restoring from a time machine back up?
     
  11. lemonade-maker macrumors 6502

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    OP didn't mention it and a clone is much faster.
     
  12. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Another vote for Carbon Copy Cloner. I have used it for a long time, wonderful free software.
     
  13. BillB50 macrumors member

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    My vote goes to SuperDuper as well. The program makes an exact copy and then runs an automatic script to make the new drive bootable. Since the software does a block copy operation, the new drive is an exact copy of the old. When you run the programs from the new drive you will not have to enter keys - you are running the same OS and applications - only the media has changed.

    I just used this software to transfer the original OS on my MP from it's original drive to an Intel SSD. It was painless - it took me more time to reset the SSD before the copy operation than to clone the disk.
     
  14. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    My philosophy in this case is using OS X utilities whenever I can. The advantage of using Apple utilities is obvious. A third party application never gives you the a turn key responsibility that you get from an Apple utility. Whatever changes happen down the road will already be anticipated in the system. Disk utility is power full and I use it from partitioning, formatting, image burning, partition size changing, RAID management to cloning and disk erasing. It is a very well designed utility. YMMV
     
  15. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

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    I've done this specific thing with Carbon Copy Cloner several times and its fantastic at what it does, never had an issue!
     

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