Updating the Main HD.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Washac, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006

    Just need to make sure I have this straight in my head.

    What is the best process to replace the Main HD in my Mac.

    Would this be correct ?

    First I make a bootable backup using Super Duper (that is what I use).
    Then fit the new drive in tray 1, naming it Macintosh HD.
    Then install my OS of choice (in my case Snow Leopard) onto it.
    Then do a restore from the back up onto it.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you just want a new HDD, you buy the new HDD, put it into one of the empty slots, clone the old HDD via SD to the new one after you formatted it correctly* and then boot from the new HDD. Just make sure you name both HDDs differently for you to distinguish them, as there is no need for them to have the same name, even with cloning.

  3. PC Chopath macrumors member

    PC Chopath

    Nov 18, 2011
    Or from installer DVD/USB you can do restore your disk image file
    just do $ open from terminal and locate whereever you put *.dmg file,
    so your *dmg file will be mounted and you can do restore from Disk Utility. :D
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I would put the blank hdd in slot 2 3 4 which ever one is empty. I would partiton and format. name it mac hdd 2 or mac hdd clone. then i would clone it. after the clone i would go to system preferences look for startup drive click it. this would show 2 choices the original and the clone. this is why a different name for the start drives is a good idea. pick the clone and boot. then run the clone for a while make sure it works.
  5. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
  6. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    PLEASE, don't buy a hard drive from the Apple store – way too expensive.

    Any SATA drive will work and no, don't go for SATA I, but SATA II or SATA 6Gb/s (= SATA 3) instead. SATA 3 won't give you speed benefits over SATA 2 with mechanical drives but they'll work just as well. Might be cheaper.

    Speaking of cheaper: If you can postpone this purchase in anyway, then do that. HDD prices are insanely high ATM.

    Doubt that you'd be able to track down a competitively priced SATA I drive at all...
  7. unclegit macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2008
  8. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006

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