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    Mid 2011 iMac hard drive into 5,1 Mac Pro question
    Hello All,
    After having another video card fail in my 2011 iMac, I decided that I didn't want to spend any more money, or take the whole thing apart (again) and have to do it all yet again in a few months, so I have now delved into building a 5,1 Mac Pro.
    The question is this, what would happen if I put the hd from the iMac into the Mac Pro as a start up disc? Would it run properly and I be able to use all of my programs (Adobe CC, Word, etc) that I have purchased without having to start fresh, or am I screwed on that front?
    Any help appreciated!

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    Mid 2011 iMac hard drive into 5,1 Mac Pro question
    ferrarr's Avatar
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    L2014 Mac mini macOS 14, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    Why would you be screwed?

    I believe, if you put the disk in the Mac Pro, it should start up and run, but you might need to boot up from the Recovery partition to reinstall the OS, to be sure all the correct drivers are installed.


    Bob -

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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Mid 2011 iMac hard drive into 5,1 Mac Pro question
    lclev's Avatar
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    2017 13" MBPro, 2013 13" MBAir, 2010 MacPro, iPhone X
    It should work fine but I would be curious to see how it turns out. Post back and let us know! Be sure to back up first - I recommend using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper!

    Lisa
    Recommend using Onyx to clean your Mac.
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    Mid 2011 iMac hard drive into 5,1 Mac Pro question

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    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, OSX 14.4 Mojave,
    What operating system is on the drive and if it is an old platter drive it will hobble your Mac Pro. Go for an SSD.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Mid 2011 iMac hard drive into 5,1 Mac Pro question
    lclev's Avatar
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    2017 13" MBPro, 2013 13" MBAir, 2010 MacPro, iPhone X
    Yes Harry has a valid point. An SSD will bring new speed and life.

    Lisa
    Recommend using Onyx to clean your Mac.
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