7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 11:51 AM by babowa
bagpipeguy Level 1 Level 1

My question is pretty straightforward: How do I—or can I—move my operating system from one internal hard drive to another on the same Mac Pro desktop?


2.0 GHz G5, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9

    Use something like Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the original boot volume to another.

  • bagpipeguy Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks! I’ve got SuperDuper, which seems to have the same capabilities as Carbon Copy Cloner. Do you think that’d do the trick?

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9

    Should, but do note that CCC can clone the Recovery HD, which SD! can't. However, if you put a bootable backup onto another volume, then installing Lion on top will create the Recovery HD onto that volume.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6

    You can download and use the Apple "Recovery Disk Assistant" to add a recovery partition to your other disk (search for it on the Apple site).


    Then you can use SuperDuper to clone the drive.

     

    SuperDuper is an execllent cloning utility, as is Carbon Copy Cloner (I own and use both).

     

    With respect to CCC and recovery partition.  It was my understanding that CCC just made a container file copy of the recovery partition, that could then be restored using a special CCC menu entry.  I did not think CCC actually created a working recovery parttion on the clone drive.  Did I understand this wrong?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    I'll let baltwo come in with a definitive answer, but the last time I just made a clone, CCC used Disk Utility to create a recovery partition on an external drive's partition. You get these windows successively (and it did create it with a message that it was successful):

     

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    Screen Shot 2012-11-14 at 8.23.50 AM.png

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    BobHarris wrote:

     

    You can download and use the Apple "Recovery Disk Assistant" to add a recovery partition to your other disk (search for it on the Apple site).


    Then you can use SuperDuper to clone the drive.

     

    SuperDuper is an execllent cloning utility, as is Carbon Copy Cloner (I own and use both).

     

    With respect to CCC and recovery partition.  It was my understanding that CCC just made a container file copy of the recovery partition, that could then be restored using a special CCC menu entry.  I did not think CCC actually created a working recovery parttion on the clone drive.  Did I understand this wrong?

    I use CCC and you are correct, if a recovery partition is needed it can be created using the 'Window>Disk Center menu.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6

    Thank you.

     

    I was ONLY right about it being an extra Carbon Copy Cloner step, but I was WRONG about everything else.

     

    I really like that CCC warns the user, instructs the user how to create a recovery partition, and manages the process for the user.  All very good features.

     

    So I stand corrected, and I'm thankful for the images to reinforce my memory.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    No problem and you're very welcome - it does get confusing and, when Lion first came out, CCC did not yet create a recovery partition - can't remember exactly when that feature was added. And, there were a couple of hiccups of not being able to create - also in the beginning - but it appears to work now.