What will stay on my mac once I upgrade to a different hard drive?

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  1. MattMK45 macrumors regular

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    I was wondering just before i upgrade my old g4 powerbook's hard drive what would actually stay when I boot the machine up with the new hard drive?

    I figured Tiger would stay installed, or would I have to use my install discs to boot it up, will ilife stay on, ore will i have to copy that from the old to the new drive?

    Thanks
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Everything on your machine is stored on the hard drive, unless you do a data migration you'll lose everything.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Chundles is right. There will be absolutely nothing in your Mac after upgrade, you need to reinstall everything including OS X
     
  4. MattMK45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow thats pretty dodgy, thanks for the answers guys, at least I know now!
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    What? Why is it dodgy? The HDD is where everything is stored, that's what it's there for. Where did you think the OS resided? In RAM? Some super-secret hidey spot?
     
  6. cube macrumors G5

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    The firmware will remain in the non-volatile memory.
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yep, that's the one bit that will hang around.
     
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    Don't forget CPU's cache and video RAM :p
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    Just to make it clear, those actually get wiped out every time one switches off the power, as they are volatile.


    The firmware in the optical drive also stays.
     
  12. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Buy a new drive and a USB caddy (they're cheap). Clone your internal disk to the new one (installed in the caddy) using carbon copy cloner. Swap the new disk with the old one. Boot your mac - everything will be where you left it.
     
  13. cube macrumors G5

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    And the firmware in the graphics card.

    And the firmware in the Bluetooth adapter.
     
  14. MattMK45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    cool, so basically the plan is to:

    Back up apps and files on my external hdd
    Then install tiger
    install any other apps
     

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