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Use ASR to move MacOS X to a new volume
Authored by: VicF on Aug 05, '01 08:13:31PM

It looks as though you can indeed use Apple Software Restore _very_ easily to move MacOS X to a new volume. It's especially easy if your source volume -- the original drive that you're copying from -- is smaller than 4 GB. If it is, then simply:

1. Boot off of a software restore CD (like the one that came with your computer, if you have a newer Mac). This involves, of course, inserting the CD and pressing the 'c' key as the computer starts. You'll be booted in OS 9.1, probably.

2. Once the computer has booted, get both the source volume and the destination volume mounted onto the desktop. Probably, the destination volume is your new internal hard drive, and so it will already be there. For the source volume, in my case, I had moved my old hard drive into a firewire case ($125 from Other World Computing), so I could just plug the old drive in its firewire case into the firewire port. You can also use AppleTalk to mount either volume.

3. Drag the icon for the source volume onto the ASR (Apple Software Restore) application icon. The computer will chug for a little bit, and then give you a dialog that allows you to specify what the source is (it'll be the volume that you dropped on the ASR icon), the destination (probably the other volume), and a method of copying (restore in place, etc.). Specify the options you want (the explanations are quite clear within that dialog).

4. Click 'restore,' and let it go. After a bit, you'll have a new volume that's just like the old in every respect, as far as I can tell.

If your source volume is bigger than 4 GB, then this won't work -- ASR won't let you do it. I managed to work around this by using "FileCopier" (got it from to copy over a 3.5 GB folder (my "Applications (Mac OS 9)" folder) from the source to the destination volume, then deleting that folder from the source volume, which brought the source volume to under 4 GB. Then I followed the above steps, using the "restore in place" option (which replaces any files of the same name but leaves other files untouched, meaning it'll leave untouched the just-copied folder).

I hope this helps...

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Trouble booting from cloned disk
Authored by: Henry Reynolds on Mar 13, '02 12:08:33AM

I followed all this and it worked great for a while. I'm not sure why, maybe because of copying the wrong files to my cloned disk, but I can't get it to boot any more. I've initialized it, using zero all data option. I can install 10.0.4 onto that same backup drive and have it boot. But still after I clone to this backup drive it won't boot. The error I get is:

/etc/master.passwd: not a directory

Any ideas?

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Found the answer! Carbon Copy Cloner
Authored by: Henry Reynolds on Mar 18, '02 03:14:57PM

Here's how I've been doing it, works great:

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