Hi, my Mac Pro is being replaced by Apple and arrived with Lion on its system drive. There is a second 1TB drive installed and I would like to partition it per David Weiss's tutorial but have a couple of quick Qs first. When adding to partitions does it make any difference if I add snow leopard or lion first? Will the fact that Lion is already on the system drive affect Snow Leopard being added? Would it work best to make my Snow leopard partitions fresh off the original install discs and then update (can you still?) or after downloading carbon copy clone should I also clone it from the old MacPro system drive which could be problematic as it is being replaced because it quits intermittently. Might make it, might not, but at least it will have all upgrades and apps (FCP7/CS5 etc). Would it make sense to move the drive to one of my empty slots and clone from there or would that cause more problems as then there would essentially be 2 "system" drives on the new mac pro. Any suggestions on the best way to proceed would be greatly appreciated. I was thinking of 4 partitions SL/FCS3, SL/FCX (later), Lion/FCS3, Lion/FCX (later). Thanks for help on this my first post! I am ready to rumble. Cheers, Bonnie
There are in fact issues with installing Snow Leopard on newer Macs set for Lion at the factory. As some have discovered, cloning your present Snow system drive to a new partition may in fact provide the best solution, though I would probably opt to install a fresh install of Snow on the old computer, which I would then clone to a new partition on the new Lion machine.
[Bonnie McCorquodale]"Should I install it on a small boot drive or wipe out the system drive already there?"
Install it onto a separate, clean firewire drive. I never like to wipe out an existing system drive unless I've already cloned that one safely to a firewire drive. In other words, always have a clone of your existing system drive before doing any update, upgrade, or software installation/reinstallation.