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You'd have to install OS X on the new Samsung drive to make it the boot disk. Drop in the OS disc and install the OS. You would make the destination drive for the install the new drive. Once it's loaded and all good, go to system preferences and boot disk. Change the boot disk to your new HD and you're all set.


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Bry's advice is sound but there is an alternative that you might want to consider too. If you are happy with your current setup and just want to transfer everything from that to your new drive you can simply duplicate it.

Here's how:
  • Stick your install disc in your BOOT drive
  • Boot the disc (either go to preferences>>startup disc OR hold down [C] whilst booting)
  • Once your Tiger/Leopard disc has booted goto Utilities at the top of the screen and run "Disc Utility"
  • You should see on the left hand side of the screen your two drives (plus any other drives you may have)
  • Click on the spinpoint drive (the drive itself not any partition inside)
  • Click on "Partition" which should be the middle tab
  • Select 1 partition (or more if you want)
  • And accept this so that disc utility creates your partition
  • Click on "Restore" which should be the right hand tab
  • You will see two input boxes "Source" and "Destination", Click on your newly created partition on the left side of the screen and drag this onto the "destination" box and let go.
  • Now click on the corresponding partition from your original drive and drag this to the source drive.
  • Click [RESTORE]
This will copy the contents of your original drive onto your new drive. I personally would now physically swap the F1 in the computer so that it is drive 1 and leave the other drive out. Make sure everything is running just as expected before you do anything to your original drive. You can now wipe it and use it for time machine or whatever.

There are other ways of doing this which some would consider easier. I think the disc utility is easy enough to use and its free and included so you might as well use it!

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wow - thanks guys!

I'll get to it over the weekend. I've been thinking of copying everything onto the spinpoint and selling my other two drives - a 250 and a 500 and then using the money to buy another 750 spinpoint as I should be able to sell the others and make at least 60 for another spinpoint.

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wow - thanks guys!

I'll get to it over the weekend. I've been thinking of copying everything onto the spinpoint and selling my other two drives - a 250 and a 500 and then using the money to buy another 750 spinpoint as I should be able to sell the others and make at least 60 for another spinpoint.
I doubt it, have you seen the price of 250Gb etc drives! You can buy new ones for 20 now from Aria, they had new 500Gb for about 40 last week. I would just buy a couple of external drive boxes for about 6 each on ebay and use them for backup.

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yeah that's a really good idea. I might just have to get another spinpoint as well haha.

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Also - regarding the whole swapping boot disks thing. Would I complicate things if I wanted to upgrade to leopard whilst doing it? Would I have to reinstall everything again?

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Also - regarding the whole swapping boot disks thing. Would I complicate things if I wanted to upgrade to leopard whilst doing it? Would I have to reinstall everything again?
You could either install the new drive and install leopard on it and just go from there OR copy the drive as I explained earlier and then upgrade the copy giving you both OSes and the ability to go back if you wanted.

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It would be safer to start from scratch when switchin to Leopard. There are a few issues with upgrading from Tiger to Leopard.


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It would be safer to start from scratch when switchin to Leopard. There are a few issues with upgrading from Tiger to Leopard.
Although I have upgraded about 8 machines without any problem.

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Wouldn't it be simpler just to use SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner to exactly replicate your current set up onto the new drive, and then boot the new drive? You can set your boot volume from your System Preferences. At least in Leopard there is a System Preference called Startup Disk. This is pretty much what I did to install the OS on my new disk.

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Wouldn't it be simpler just to use SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner to exactly replicate your current set up onto the new drive, and then boot the new drive? You can set your boot volume from your System Preferences. At least in Leopard there is a System Preference called Startup Disk. This is pretty much what I did to install the OS on my new disk.
Not much in it really, my description is how to do the exact duplication using disc utility. Duplicating the drive is basically something that any of the three utilities does so yes you could use ANY of the three and it should be the same.

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