View Full Version : Request suggestions for upgrade procedure

Dan Stafford
06-16-2005, 01:15 PM
I have the following config:
Mac OS X 10.3.9 - Dual 867 MHz PowerPC G4 - 1.5 GB DDR SDRAM
57.26 GB HD - 5.03GB Available

I would like to do the following:
Extend available disk space with an internal or external device;
Make a copy of the existing filesystem to the new device;
Erase the first HD and install Tiger;
Restore data and applications from previous copy;
Use a utility to store data files and backup images to the new HD device.

Any suggestions on device/software including manfacturers would be welcome and appreciated.

- Dan

06-16-2005, 01:27 PM
Given the amount of free space on your internal drive, it sounds like you need to upgrade the internal. There are few choices here, but the largest one would likely be a 100GB unit. Check at ZipZoomFly or NewEgg for good prices/drives.

To upgrade, I'd probably buy an external drive from OWC, WiebeTech or LaCie. Do a full Backup - all files with SuperDuper!, rename the external to the same as the original drive and then boot from the external.

At that point, you'll be able to erase the internal, but instead of doing that, make sure everything looks good and then shut down and install the replacement internal drive. Once done, use your Tiger discs to install Tiger, then use its own Migration Assistant to copy files from the external to the new drive.

At that point, you can use SuperDuper! from the internal to back up to the external.

Make some sense?

Dan Stafford
06-17-2005, 01:31 PM
Progress to date:
Aquisition of a Seagate 300 GB external HD, a Segate 7200 RPM - 8MB Cashe internal 160 GB drive, OS X Panther, a 23-inch Cinema HD display, and SuperDuper.

SuperDuper just completed (Elapsed Time: 01:11:34) a copy to partition 'Backup' on the external.

At this point you suggest renaming the 'Backup' partition to be the same name as the original HD (Macintosh HD). I've read that on rebooting I should hold down the option key and I will be able to boot from a choice of options.

Any comments are welcome.
- Dan

06-17-2005, 01:44 PM
Rename the drive, and then select it in System Preferences' Startup Disk preference pane to boot from it. You should be able to tell if things are OK pretty quickly.

MAKE SURE it really booted from the external drive. To do so, check the "root" of the drive. If the Application icon is "special" (has something other than a blank folder), that's the boot drive. If you can see the firewire drive in the source list, it's not OSX "boot" compatible.

If everything looks OK, go ahead with Tiger.