Yesterday was Apple’s release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system. And, like any good little Mac fanboy, I was there, and have the t-shirt to prove it! I won’t discuss the hype, and the fact that few people were actually BUYING Leopard as opposed to just wanting a free t-shirt. (Ok, time to turn off the cynicism now..)
To start the story off, my friend Rick had offered to help me install the eSata bracket for the Mac Pro. Plus, he wanted to pick up his own copy of Leopard and a t-shirt. So we met over at Apple store in Boca, and watched the nutty-ness. It was amazing how many people walked by and KNEW what was actually going on.
After getting our hits, whoops, I mean buying Leopard, we headed back to work on my Mac Pro. Rick had already added the eSata connector to his MacPro, so I let him do the work on changing the computer around. What a reverse! Usually, I’m the one fixing the computer while everyone else stands around and watches. Fortunately, it was fairly easy to do. The Mac Pro is VERY well designed, and it is fairly easy to get to all of the components. Adding the connector went very smoothly. While the case was open, I added a 500 gig drive for installing Leopard on.
Once the computer was back up and running, it was time to install the new cat. There are two very helpful things to remember when doing an OS upgrade on a Mac… First off, holding down the Alt key while booting allows one to select which disk/drive the Mac will boot off of. Plus, one can insert a bootable CD/DVD at that point and the system will figure out that it’s there WITHOUT needing to restart the box. Second, when you get to the install wizard, the main menu is actually active. Therefore, if you need to change you disks / partitions, go to the utilities menu and run the Disk Utilities (I *think* that’s the name. Please correct me if I’m wrong!). I had to use the Disk Utility to partition and format my new drive. After that, I selected clean install, and Leopard installed onto the new drive.
Here’s where things got interesting (in a good way). The first time Leopard came up it asked if I wanted to import programs and data from one of several locations. One of those locations was ‘from another OS X drive’. I said ‘what the heck’ and pointed it at my old Tiger drive. Leopard says ‘OK, will take an hour or so’. Once it finished and started up, ALL my programs and data had been copied over! My email converted, my music and pictures were copied, everything came over great. Well, iCal hiccupped, but I fix that tonight
I’d NEVER try that with Windows. Doing an upgrade like that is begging for disaster.
Good job Apple!
And thanks Rick! I appreciate the help!