Recently, my Quad G5 mac fried (power pc chipset) and I'm building a new Windows 7 system. I'm trying to figure out the best and fastest way to move all the data from my OS X drives (1 500 gb with files/apps, 1 1 tb with files, 1 external 1 tb with files) on to newly formatted Windows 7 drives.
Furthermore, I would like to install Win 7 on the 500 gb.
My initial thought is to boot the new, fresh system from a Linux disk and move all the files within Linux. Something like this:
1. Move all the files I want to keep from the 500gb on to the 1tb, then format the 500 gb for Win 7.
2. Move all files from old 1tb to new, clean 1 tb
3. Format old 1 tb
At this point, I should be ready to install Win 7 on the 500gb, and have a properly formatted 1 tb with my old files and a clean, formatted 1 tb.
I have no experience with Linux, but it is my understanding that I can mount any/all disks in Linux in order to do the file management and transfer that I need to do.
A few last thoughts...the Mac was the only only I had owned since my Apple IIc so I'm not a stranger to Windows by any means. That is to say, I'm not an overly ignorant mac user jumping in over his head. However, I have not used Windows 7 at all.
1. Can Linux do what I think it can?
2. Is this a good idea for a workflow?
3. Do I even need Linux to do this?
1. Yes Linux can do this, but I'm not sure whether any of the standard Live CDs contain the necessary modules to read Mac partitioned disks and HFS+ file systems.
2. Workflow sounds fine. It's not a particularly complicated operation.
3. You can do this purely in Windows using HFSExplorer. But of course you need an installed Windows to run this. (On the other hand, you may need an installed Linux to run your solution.) You could always use GParted Live to resize the partitions on one of your 1TB drives, move everything from the 500GB disk to that one, and then install Windows on the 500GB disk. Then you could use HFSExplorer to move the data from the Mac disks to Windows ones. (I hope that makes sense! Really it's your solution with GParted Live being your live Linux CD.)
Why don't you install Linux on one of your drives and dual boot?
Linux is really fun to play with and can help rescue your other operating systems when they fail.
Good luck && happy *olidays
I'd agree (and it need only take 20-30GB), but it's not a solution to the immediate problem. The data needs to be moved off the 500GB disk first so that it can be repartitioned as a Windows disk rather than a Mac one. Then the data from the other disks can be dealt with, and they also need repartitioning.