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Neal Broffman
Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 7, 2011 at 9:14:41 pm

My new 6 Core 3.33GHz Mac Pro is arriving this week as a replacement for my 4 year old dual-core Intel Mac Pro. I want to stay on my current OS (10.6.6 with FCP 7) as everything is running smoothly and has been for a long time and with the problems with Lion that have been reported it seems prudent to stay where I am for the time being. That said, is it possible to restore the drive that comes with the new computer from the back-up of my current one? I see that for older Macs (pre Intel) there were build numbers associated with each machine but I am not sure that is the case and am unable to find a definitive answer.
The second part of the question is if I have to revert the OS on the new computer first and then re-install applications how far back do I need to go for FCP? I have upgrade discs going back to the Crossgrade. Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

Neal Broffman
One Production Place, Atlanta, GA
http://www.oneproductionplace.com
Latest short: "Line of Sight"
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Andrew Rendell
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 7, 2011 at 9:44:25 pm

Last time I upgraded I used the Migration Assistant and it worked a treat. HOWEVER, I was going from a computer that I'd upgraded to Snow Leopard to one that came with Snow Leopard. I don't know what would happen going between different levels of OS though (I haven't tried Lion yet, on the basis of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", so I have no opinion to offer on it).


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Steve Eisen
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:00:58 pm

The Mac Pro has 4 slots for hard drives. Clone your current hard drive and place that inside your new computer. Boot from that drive.

Steve Eisen
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Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Shane Ross
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:09:25 pm

Worth a shot. But historically Apple doesn't allow new machines to boot from older OS versions. If they ship with Lion, they might not work with Snow Leopard.

Shane

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Neal Broffman
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:10:08 am

Thanks guys, I will give it a go. I ordered the machine from BH and they say that it may ship with 10.6 installed but with a voucher to upgrade so that could be the ticket.
Am I correct to assume that if it comes with Lion and it will not boot from my old drive that I can still wipe the new drive clean and install 10.6 and then build up from there?

Neal Broffman
One Production Place, Atlanta, GA
http://www.oneproductionplace.com
Latest short: "Line of Sight"
http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/marco-breuer-line-sight
Produced for the deYoung Museum in San Francisco


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Andrew Kimery
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 8, 2011 at 6:23:51 pm

If it ships with Lion there is firmware that will prevent any older OS from booting, AFAIK.


-Andrew

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Neal Broffman
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 8, 2011 at 9:22:55 pm

That means there is no going back at all?

Neal Broffman
One Production Place, Atlanta, GA
http://www.oneproductionplace.com
Latest short: "Line of Sight"
http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/marco-breuer-line-sight
Produced for the deYoung Museum in San Francisco


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Andrew Kimery
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 9, 2011 at 9:02:54 am

That is correct. I think this either started with Leopard or Snow Leopard. There might be ways to hack around it but I don't know what that would entail and what the possible side effects might be.


-Andrew

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Neal Broffman
Re: Restore New Mac Pro from Retiring Mac Pro Hard Drive
on Sep 9, 2011 at 9:12:56 pm

Thanks. The machine arrived today. If it looks like a huge hassle I will just jump right in with Lion . No guts no glory...but always a backup.

Neal Broffman
One Production Place, Atlanta, GA
http://www.oneproductionplace.com
Latest short: "Line of Sight"
http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/marco-breuer-line-sight
Produced for the deYoung Museum in San Francisco


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