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re: Move the boot drive from an old Mac to a new Mac
Authored by: mustang_dvs on May 05, '03 02:17:38PM

The reason that the drive wouldn't boot has more to do with the ATA buses in the MDD PowerMacs. Depending on the system, your G4/400 either had an ATA-33 or ATA-66 bus. According to Apple, neither an ATA-66 or -33 drive is supported as a boot volume by the internal IDE chains (ATA-100 and -66) of the MDD drives and booting from the ATA-66 bus in the front bay of the G4 is an unsupported configuration that will likely cause major problems (take my word for it).

In the future, just connect the macs via Firewire, boot the new machine in target mode by holding down the "T" key at startup and then use the free Carbon Copy Cloner to duplicate your volumes to the new machine. It's much easier, faster and significantly less risky than hard drive surgery.

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