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Transferring data to new hard drive?

by goofy / October 12, 2004 10:26 PM PDT

My 60gig hard is dying in my iMac SE. I bought a new hard drive. Is there a way to transfer the data from the old hard drive to the new one? Is it possible to hook up two hard drives in an iMac?

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Re: Transferring data to new hard drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2004 10:57 PM PDT

Wouldn't you just restore from your last backup?

Hard disks and machines have a nasty habit of just vanishing so backup (and restore) is how I handle this.

best of luck,

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 16, 2005 1:06 AM PST

A very wise move, but you know as well as I do, that the word Backup is not in the average users vocabulary. If it is, it means to drive their vehicle in reverse.

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Transferring data to new hard drive?
by zootman1955 / January 15, 2005 11:44 PM PST

You can do an image transfer by using Norton's Ghost version 9.0 or later. You will need (2) 2.5" laptop HD adapters so you can attach the 2.5" HD's to a PC. Attach the Source HD to the Primary IDE channel and the Destination HD to the Secondary IDE channel (IMPORTANT! The Destination HD must be of equal or greater capacity of the Source HD). Boot the PC using the Ghost CD or Floppy. Launch Ghost using the -ir switch. Make sure you are careful selecting the SOURCE and DESTINATION because you can completely wipe out the SOURCE HD if you go the wrong way.
Good Luck.

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Wrong forum
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 16, 2005 12:52 AM PST

Not sure you are in the right forum. This guy has an iMac which does not have a floppy drive and Norton do not make a version of Ghost for the Mac.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 16, 2005 1:03 AM PST

This subject was just recently covered. The only way you can connect two drives to an iMac is to use an external (USB/Firewire) drive. I believe the iMac DV SE came with two Firewire ports. With the new drive inside a Firewire enclosure, see, AND if you are using OS 9.x.x, it is a simply matter to initialize the new drive and then drag the entire contents of the old drive, to the new one. However, if you are using OS X (any flavor), this cannot be done without the aid of a program called Carbon Copy Cloner. You make a clone of your old drive, on the new drive, and after you have removed the old drive from the iMac and installed the new one, it should all be just the same. You could leave the old drive in the iMac but if it is failing it may cause problems as it slides down the slippery slope to HD heaven.
Take no notice of Bob, he obviously hasn't had his coffee yet Happy

Good Luck


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