View Full Version : new internal hard drive question

10-07-2009, 12:57 AM
I am installing a new internal hard drive of higher capacity than the one that
came with my PowerMacG4..I will keep the old drive in the tower, but want to
use the new drive as my start-up one going forward. Will I only need to copy over my bootable SuperDuper backup of my existing drive to the new one or do I have to actually use the OS 10.5 install disc to install 10.5 on my new drive and then copy over the backup drive (I suppose minus the old system folder ?) to my new drive to make it bootable? I'm just unsure if SuperDuper made an exact clone of my old drive I guess..when I do a SmartBackup it states it is copying all files except some "system specific ones Apple recommends not including" so I assume those files wouldn't be on my new drive either, but would that prevent it from being my startup volume? Or can I simply copy over my old volume onto my new hard drive to include everything? Thank you for any help anyone may provide

10-07-2009, 09:31 AM
Yes, assuming the drive is properly partitioned and formatted, you only need to make a "Backup - all files" with "Erase, then copy" or "Smart Update".

If you'll drop me an email to the support address, I'll provide you with some more detailed instructions.

10-09-2009, 12:40 PM
Thank you for your detailed instructions..it indeed was extremely simple to
add my second hard drive to my PowerMacG4 and format, partition, and
copy over my SuperDuper clone..everything is working perfectly ..

10-09-2009, 12:42 PM
Great: glad you're all set, John, and congratulations!