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Hello, I've just replaced the internal hard drive on my 13" MacBook Pro, it is the lastest model with the Thunderbolt port.

I have a backup of my original internal drive on an external drive that I made with Time Machine.

On the OS install I am not able to restore to it, I assume because it is not formatted. If I open Disk Utility, I take it that I need to create a partition.

I've selected a Volume Scheme of "1 partition". I am unsure of which Format option to select.

The options are:
  • Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  • Mac OS Extended
  • Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
  • Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive)
  • MS-DOS (FAT)
  • ExFAT
  • Free Space

I just want it to act like the original internal drive (only with more capacity).

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Time Machine isn't used for doing a full-blown reinstall of OS X. It does backups of user data, but not full system clones. You will have to first re-install OS X from the install disc, then migrate your user(s) off the Time Machine backups.

As for formatting the drive, use Mac OS Extended (Journaled).


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Thank you for your response lifeisabeach, it's very helpful.
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Along a similar line, I have a new Toshiba external 2 tb drive and it WILL NOT format to anything other than MS-DOS. I've tried as many permutations as I can think of including 2 partitions in case the G5 leopard can't handle over a TB (I have a Lacie 1TB and that is fine). Tried various formatting tricks and types no avail, any ideas would be VERY welcome. Have erased a few times in various formats as well, all with equal failure :-). I'm trying to use the 1TB Lacie as a Time machine drive and this new one as storage only, (FCP scratch etc) If not I can read and write in DOS (FAT), just wanted it OS Extended (Journaled) like the others really,. No sweat if it has to be DOS it has to be I guess. I'll wait the 18 hours to transfer Lacie to the Toshiba, didn't want to do it twice, so thought I'd ask. Thanks in advance.

UPDATE. If I had a brain I'd be a menace, had another look and had the partition set on Master Boot NOT Apple Map. Sorry for my ineptitude.
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It's probably not the drive but your G5 refusing to format anything HFS+ that is larger than 1TB. Doesn't matter if you partition the drive as your G5 still "sees" it as being too large. Try formatting it with another Mac.
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For everyone who is thinking of a 2TB drive on a G5, It formatted HFS+ 2TB OK in one partition once I'd changed to Apple Map in the "options" tab at he bottom of the Partition page. Thanks again
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Although this 2TB Toshiba drive formatted without a hitch, I seem to have accumulated another problem. I copied the content of the 1TB drive over last night ( it took 12 hours), This morning the G5 is asleep (even though it set never to sleep). On a restart the drive appears and the content of the copy is there. Then it sleeps, eject drive, use a different USB input, sleeps, this G5 sleeps every 10 seconds, whichever USB I use, 23" display USB the Formac ADC USB and the USB on the front of the G5. I'm tempted to get a powered USB HUB and use it in the main USB on the back of the G5. Any ideas why my G5 has a sleep problem every time this drive is plugged in? Thanks again
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