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Help - upgrading Mac Mini hard drive

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Replacing dying (clicking) hard drive in Mac Mini, OS 10.4 (Yeah, it's old, but it works good.) The drive is Bootcamped - there's Windows XP on it, but I don't want it on the new drive.

  1. Clone the original OS X partition to new drive in USB enclosure using SuperDuper! (GUID partition for Intel)
  2. Boot to new drive holding option key while starting up. If boots okay and Mac works just like it always did, then...
  3. Swap drives. Boot. Boots OK. Done?

Did I miss anything or are any of these steps wrong?

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The other option would be to use Apple's Migration Assistant to pull your data (apps, user stuff, etc.) off the old drive. That's probably a "cleaner" way to go.

SuperDuper! is great though. Your plan should work. I've done versions of it several times.

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So with Migration Assistant, I install the new hard drive, install OS X 10.4 via CDs and then connect old drive and migrate settings and apps?

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So with Migration Assistant, I install the new hard drive, install OS X 10.4 via CDs and then connect old drive and migrate settings and apps?

Yes. I'd run all software updates as well - you'll be prompted to run Migration Assistant after the first boot but you can choose to do it later. Honestly though it might just be easier to do it then because then it won't have to erase or replace some settings and other things.

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