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Should I upgrade to newer OS if i want to salvage damaged HD 'remnants'?

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MIKEinMICH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 30, 2013 2:58 PM

This seems to warrant a new discussion thread -  For background this is the original:  https://discussions.apple.com/message/21080765#21080765    


Deal is, a 2007 Mac Mini 1,1 running OS 10.4 has a damaged HD.  I transferred what could be salvaged from DW's "Preview Disk" to an external FW

drive.

 

That said, I am about to remove/replace the Mac Mini HD with new HD.  Once that's installed, any reason why i couldn't or shouldn't install Snow Leopard -

the latest OSX installer i've got on hand -  rather than reinstalling the old 10.4 off the Mini's original disks.  New HD will be 250GB - old one was 60GB btw.

 

If i (can) put 10.6 on it, any reason i couldn't still retain some of the data from the folder of backed up 'rescued' items..?  Would there be any possible conflicts?

 

I want to try and reinstate as much of the original user ID info, passwords etc as i can.  Will i have any path from the "Library" and "Users" folders copied from the damaged disk -- and the Apple "Mail" app. for instance - or am i better off just starting from square one, manually re-entering data wherever possible on the

new HD and OS?    Any restrictions or limitations putting a much newer OS on a Mini Intel Core Solo machine? 

 

Thanks to all for opinions and perspectives - much appreciated!

 

Mike

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)

    10.6 would be the latest you can do. Update to

    Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1

     

    You should be able to transfer the data with Migration Assistant if the files weren't corrupted, otherwise you'll need to reenter your settings manually. Good Luck.

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,590 points)

    • Once that's installed, any reason why i couldn't or shouldn't install Snow Leopard -

    the latest OSX installer i've got on hand -  rather than reinstalling the old 10.4 off the Mini's original disks.  New HD will be 250GB - old one was 60GB btw.


    Precisely what you should do. Every OS knows how to get data / files from previous versions. You will ofcourse need the 10.6 DVD.

     

    • or am i better off just starting from square one, manually re-entering data wherever possible on the

    new HD and OS?

     

    It is not that complicated, and certainly no need to do manual entry. For example, Mail lets you import mailboxes (Mail / File / Import Mailboxes) when the old mailboxes are on a drive that is mounted. You simply have to start the import process from the new Mac, then navigate to the mailboxes you want to move over. The imported mailboxes end up in your new Mail. Similarly Safari will import bookmarks.

     

    Good luck.

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,590 points)

    My guess is that MA is getting hung up because the directory on the drive it needs to access is damaged.

     

    You could try a more targetted approach: Mount the other drive and try to import stuff like bookmarks, iPhoto library etc. using the appropriate application, rather than MA. For example open iPhoto and use the "Import to Library" command.

     

    This is a piece-meal approach, but it should work if the files on the damaged drive are intact.

     

    Another alternative is to try to repair the damaged drive. Once it is mounted, you could run Disk Utility from your startup drive, or Disk Warrior or TechTool Pro (from the applications if you have them) to see what can be repaired.

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,590 points)

    Do you have access to a copy of Disk Warrior, or TechTool Pro? Either one can repair most damaged files. If you can, try reparing that external drive before using MA.

     

    Alternatively, perhaps you could take the drive to someone who has one of these tools on their computer and do the repairs over there.

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