6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2012 11:42 AM by Steve33458
Steve33458 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a new Mac Pro Desktop and I want to start by installing a new Apple 2TB hard drive. How do I accomplish this when the HD does not have OS X? After the initial setup I want to update the OS and than do a restore from Time Machine on an external HD.

Mac Pro, iOS 6.0.1
  • tzbikowski Level 4 (1,945 points)

    If I understand you correctly you want to run your OS from the external HD?

    this can be done -
    Please note that it will be slower if HD is connected over USB, faster over ThunderBolt and always best and fastest from the internal SATA  hard drive.


    If you want to continue and install OS onto external HD

    please restart the Mac and hold CMD+R keys.

    This will take you to recovery mode.

    Please use Disk Utility to partition and format the new drive.

    Run recovery installation by pointing to the external HD.


    Once you are done you can boot your computer either to your original internal drive or your new installed external one. You can choose it in Startup Disk in System Preferences.


    Post if you have more detailed questions.

  • Steve33458 Level 1 (0 points)

    The new hard drive is  internal. My question is after I install the drive how do I install mountain Lion so I can than do a restore from Time Machine.

  • a brody Level 9 (65,758 points)

    Please note, I've requested this thread will be moved to the Mountain Lion forum.  10.3 has nothing to do with Mountain Lion, as no computer compatible with 10.3 is compatible with Mountain  Lion.  No action is needed on your part as far as reposting.  This will hopefully also get you some more responses.

  • Steve33458 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your assistance. I ended up doing a full restore instead of trying restore the apps one at a time.

  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,680 points)

    Another way is to simply clone your current startup drive to the new drive. Make sure the new drive's partition map is GUID. You do this in Disk Utility when you partition, or repartition the drive. You can also check a drive's map in Disk Utility. Launch the app and highlight the 2 TB drive's physical drive icon. Like below:




    Then look at the lower right of DU's window. If the drive is already GUID, it will say so, as per the next example:


    Screen shot 2012-12-20 at 1.19.18 PM.png


    Once the new drive is setup correctly and ready to use, you can clone your current startup drive to the new one using Disk Utility, or one of two excellent cloning utilities; Carbon Copy Cloner, or SuperDuper!. This will save you the trouble of installing OS X and incorporating your Time Machine backup to finish. It will already be done as the new drive will be an exact duplicate of your current startup disk.

  • Steve33458 Level 1 (0 points)



    Thanks for you assistance with this problem along with the diagram.