The mac with two brains
November 12, 2007 8:58 AM Subscribe
Can I back up / clone my Mac HD to an external HD then swap the Main and external drives?
posted by sandra_s to computers & internet (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Powermac G4 running OS X 10.3.9.
In a move about 2 years ago I lost most of the disks for this machine, including not only some of my programs, but also my System OS disks.
This computer runs like a champ and I pretty much have all the files I need backed up to DVDs.
The main HD of this machine is starting to get a little whiney and making noise. So we all know that this HD cant be long for this world. Normally, as Ive done before, I'd back up my files, replace the drive, reinstall the OS and the programs, no big whoop.
But since i dont have my System OS disks and a few of my program disks, thats not an option.
I do have a newish external HD that is basically empty (and I dont care about the files on it), and is bigger than the Mac's main HD.
What I'd like to do is make an absolute copy of my main HD on the external HD, then physically swap the two drives (take the external drive out of its enclosure and put it into the Mac), theoretically having a new HD in the machine with all of the same OS, programs... blah blah blah, right back where they were.
Is this a pipe dream, or is it actually feasible? If it's possible, how does one go about it?