MAc guru's out there.....cloning a Mac OS9.2 drive

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by thingy, May 12, 2006.

  1. thingy

    thingy Guest

    I think my OS9.2 ext drive is dying.....or maybe its case electronics
    is....anyway....Any tools out there to clone an external 20 gig firewire
    drive with a bootable OS9.2 image on it to another firewire external
    300gig external drive so its still bootable and has all its data?

    Or a method to install 9.2 onto an external disk and copy the user's
    config & data over?

    ie is it as simple as putting in my 9.1 OS install cd, booting off it
    and then I can choose to install on the ext 300gig? then copy stuff
    across? I dont want to risk wiping my 10.4 install....

    Alternatively on the fly shrink my internal OSX 10.4 250 gig drive by 20
    gig and transfer the OS9.2 image to it? (my preference, cheaper and faster)?


    thingy, May 12, 2006
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  2. thingy

    mark Guest

    Just copy everything to the new disk. Once the copy has finished you
    should be able to boot from the new disk with all of your data intact.

    If it fails to boot (eg., doesn't appear as a valid boot disk in Startup
    Disk/the boot manager (hold down option on powerup) then you may need to
    "bless" it. Do this by moving the System file from the Mac OS 9 system
    folder on the new hard disk to another location on the same disk, then
    back again. OS 9 then see's a Finder and System file in the same folder
    and flags it as bootable ("blessed").

    mark, May 13, 2006
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  3. You just have copy all the folders (well the System folder in particular,
    but I'm sure you want apps too) to the new drive. The only real problem
    you ever had with this method was firmware differences when switching
    between models of mac.

    With OS X the name of the folders are different (rename your OS 9
    Applications folder to Applications (OS 9), so there are no problems.
    So yep, I'd just copy the folders onto your OS X drive and launch Classic
    (aka OS 9) from the System Preferences -> Classic

    No need to partition your drive nad you can put user data where ever you
    wogers nemesis, May 13, 2006
  4. thingy

    thingy Guest

    Same Mac so should not be an issue.
    I'd like to run os9 on its own as in OSx classic mode several games wont
    work and Office 98 runs like a dog, photo shop elements wont
    native mode it runs better/OK.


    thingy, May 13, 2006
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