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Can I clone and transfer from the internal hard drive to an external hard drive ?

1222 Views 22 Replies Latest reply: Aug 17, 2011 10:24 AM by john5801 RSS
  • Chris Hayden Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    "Could not solve the issue of being able to boot into my firewire drive"

    John, you can hold down the Option Key as you restart the machine and select from any connected drives. Here's an Apple Support document that shows this:


    "1) Try to do it directly using the iMac, by downloading a fresh copy of Lion, if possible. Yourself, or others can advise me how to do this. Once the download starts, I can direct it into the external firewire drive, then boot from there. The drive is already erased and re-formatted in the GUID Partition Table option, so is ready to accept the download."

    This sounds like you are starting over here. Screen Casts Online has a YouTube video that walks you through the process of making a Lion install drive. The address of that video is: and Don starts talking about making the Lion Install USB Drive at about 10:00 minutes into the clip.


    "I got issues in the laptop, with iPhoto not responding in one account."

    Might want to Repair Permissions on that drive in the Disk Utility.

  • samberl Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)



    I don't like to be contrary, but I do think you are better off upgrading the internal drive on your iMac than using the external drive as a startup drive.


    If you are comfortable with electronics, you can do it yourself, otherwise, any Apple Authorised Reseller can do it for you. It is about one hour of labour, if you provide the HD.


    Btw, all MacBook Pros come with Firewire 800. You just need a Firewire 800 cable.


    Is this the drive you have



    It has both Firewire 400 and Firewire 800. FW800 is faster than FW400. You also have FW800 on your iMac.


    You can connect your drive to your MBP using FW800 and install Snow Leopard and then, Lion.



  • Chris Hayden Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    john5801 wrote:


    ... no Firewire port on my MacBook Pro....which is a MacBook aluminium unibody style bought in March 2009. Soon after that Apple renamed that MacBook to Macbook Pro. Will investigate further if Lion finishes downloading here.

    John, the Firewire 400 and 800 cables are very different from each other. Under the  menu in the upper left corner of your desktop, you can lookup more info about your MacBook Pro and see what Firewire you might have. I just sold a 2009 early MacBook Pro 13" to a friend and it had a Firewire 800 port which is rectangular with 2 small ears vs. the 400 that is more of a stretched out "D".

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