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Moving disk from iMac to iMac?

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What happens when I just move HDD from a Mac to Mac?

Say, I have one generation Power PC Mac, take a HDD out of it, and than put it in another generation Power PC Mac. - Does all work?

I think it should, but would like a re from someone who tried it :-)
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by:strung
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Depends on whether the two Macs are the same model and which is newer. Generally speaking a Mac won't boot from system software older than it shipped with. So if you move a HDD with an old version of the system software into a newer Mac, it likely won't work.
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by:byundt
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I've swapped hard drives from one laptop to another on a number of occasions. Since I was always using the latest operating system on both computers, I didn't encounter the problem that strung was alluding to.

I like to use a "toaster" like the Newer Voyager http://www.newertech.com/products/voyagerq.php for the drive being moved so I can verify that the bits are working before I open up the second computer. During this test, I boot the second computer from the drive in the toaster.
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by:mrmut
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byundt - have you booted the HDD in different models notebooks?
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by:mrmut
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To be more precise - would I be able to move HDD from iMac iSight to earlier version of iMac?

Say :

FROM iMac G5/2.1 20-Inch (iSight)

TO iMac G5/1.8 17-Inch
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That should work.
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by:mrmut
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Thank you.
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by:serialband
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If you have the serial numbers of those iMacs, you can look up their model year from http://selfsolve.apple.com/ and also find their specs online to match them.
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Thanks a lot serialband, I will do so!
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