View Full Version : Quickest way to trasfer startup disk?

26th June 2007, 12:28 PM
I want to install a bigger hard drive in my G5 dual 2.3 PowerMac. I can do that no problem. But what is the best/qucikest way to transfer all the startup disk information to the hard drive?

I have external enclosers to use if needed. Do I use target disk mode? Should I install the disk into the second drive bay first, or just use an external enclosure first?

Thanks for your help.

26th June 2007, 12:30 PM
Use something like SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner :)

26th June 2007, 12:40 PM
SuperDuper (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/).

The free version will do this perfectly. I've done it at least 5 times.

1. Make a bootable backup on your external drive
2. Swap the hard drives over.
3. Boot from the external drive.
4. Backup the external drive onto the new internal drive.
5. Reboot from the internal drive.


27th June 2007, 01:02 AM
Thanks Guys.

27th June 2007, 10:37 AM
If you're looking for the quickest way, Power Macs support at least two internal drives. Jam the new drive in the second bay. As recommended above use SuperDuper to clone the system partition to the new drive, then set the startup disk to the new drive. Then either remove the old drive or reboot and format it.

27th June 2007, 11:18 AM
Thanks Mighty Atom.