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twistiejoe Level 1 Level 1

I have just moved to the United States from Australia.

 

When I was in Australia I took an image of my iMac hard drive, which I bought in 2010, the OS was Snow Leopard and I use Pro Tools 8 and some other pieces of software and data which are all set up properly on that machine. Pro Tools 8 does not work on any OS later than Snow Leopard, so I really would like to have this computer run just like my computer did in Australia.

 

Therefore, I have been trying to replace the hard drive on my new iMac with the data from the image of my old hard drive from my iMac in Australia, replace it exactly if possible.

 

I called apple care a couple of times and have been to the apple store also and I'm getting conflicting information about whether this is possible or not. Can I do this? I have tried booting with "apple+r' and I was almost going to replace the hard drive with the disk that comes up on my portable hard drive from Australia, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

 

Any advice please?

 

Thanks.


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
Reply by Csound1 on Sep 23, 2012 2:57 PM Helpful
My guess is no but, put the old drive in an external case, plug into the new Mac and see if you can boot. Do it this way as replacing the drive in an iMac is no small task. If it boots then you know the answer.
Reply by Csound1 on Sep 23, 2012 3:17 PM Helpful
Restart, hold down the option key at the sound of the chime, when the boot manager appears select the external.

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  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    My guess is no but, put the old drive in an external case, plug into the new Mac and see if you can boot. Do it this way as replacing the drive in an iMac is no small task.

     

    If it boots then you know the answer.

  • twistiejoe Level 1 Level 1

    Cool, thanks.

     

    How do I boot from it?

     

    I have the old drive (which is an image of my Australian computer) in a case and plugged into my computer.

     

    I've booted pressing apple+r and then gone to disk utility. It comes up as "disk1" with things on it, I can go to "restore" put "disk1" in source and then "Macintosh HD" but I am reluctant to go ahead incase it  does something crazy that I don't understand. Is this what I should be doing?

     

    In any case, I will be taking it to Genius Bar tomorrow and see what they can do for me.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
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    Restart, hold down the option key at the sound of the chime, when the boot manager appears select the external.

  • twistiejoe Level 1 Level 1

    Awesome, thanks. I rebooted just like you said, it comes up as another drive that I can boot from. Is that a good sign? I'm not sure what to do from here but I suppose I'll find out tomorow at the genius bar. Thanks again.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    twistiejoe wrote:

     

    Awesome, thanks. I rebooted just like you said, it comes up as another drive that I can boot from. Is that a good sign? I'm not sure what to do from here but I suppose I'll find out tomorow at the genius bar. Thanks again.

    Select it and boot, the worst that can happen is that it won't boot so you have nothing to lose. If it does boot you're done, back to work for you

  • twistiejoe Level 1 Level 1

    Cool - I did that, it booted up to the grey screen with the option to go to disk utility or restore from time machine, etc etc. So nothing went wrong, but I see the only option to be to do a "restore" in disk utility from there, but I don't know if it will work. Any ideas?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    That means that your iMac can not boot from the SL system unfortunately, but better than taking the iMac apart to fit the disk and then finding out. Now you have choices, Snow Leopard is not going to run on your new machine so ...... upgrade your sofware? is that a possibility?

     

    You can (of course) copy any and all data from the drive, but applications will have to be compliant with the new OS.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5

    Create a seperate Partition on your Hard Drive and then install the Image there. You will have a seperate Boot Volume that you can use with the "Option" key during startup (just like you did now but much faster).

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    RRFS wrote:

     

    Create a seperate Partition on your Hard Drive and then install the Image there. You will have a seperate Boot Volume that you can use with the "Option" key during startup (just like you did now but much faster).

    Snow Leopard will not run on his system (wrong hardware drivers) it does not matter whether on an internal or external disc.

     

    Scratch that, just realized this is an image rather than a clone, apologies, and to the OP follow this advice if you have space on the internal drive to set enough aside for Snow Leopard.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5

    Pardon my ignorance but what would be the difference? Being as he was able to boot from the external drive would it matter if it had been a clone?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    An image needs to be converted back to a drive, a clone is a copy of the drive and can be booted from as-is. I neglected to note that the OP said I have a drive that is an image, so I proceeded as if it was a clone.

  • twistiejoe Level 1 Level 1

    Okay thanks.

    So Mountain Lion just has to stay on the machine? I need to use two operating systems? Why? Can I delete the Mountain Lion OS after I've made the partition?

  • twistiejoe Level 1 Level 1

    Also, I might just have to update the software. I'm just very low on money, I've had to spend something like $5K for the computer and fancy sounds and stuff for film scoring. So expensive! Also I had things set up and working how I liked them.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Mountain Lion should stay until you know that SL works, which you don't yet, you know the image works so make a new partition and restore SL from the image into it using Disk Utility Restore command. Then try to boot to it.

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