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Clone A Hackintosh Hard Drive

This is the PROPER way to clone a hackintosh hard drive.

I had my hackintosh built with an 80 GB hard drive. The reason for using such a small drive was because it was of no cost (pretty much). I recently acquired a brand new Western Digital 1TB Cavier BLUE hard drive from $69.99. It was a decent price, so I jumped on the deal so I can clone my 80 GB drive to the 1TB drive.

At first I thought it was a matter of using a cloning application and that was it, but it wasn’t THAT simple. Cloning software copies everything but BOOT files. So what does this mean? It meant I had to write BOOT file to the drive so it can BOOT UP!
Chameleon has a GUI installer which did not work and others have reported that Chameleon has failed for them too…so Chameleon is SHIT. Sorry to say, but it’s true.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Download, installed and ran Carbon Copy. Copied the entire HDD to the new Western Digital drive
  2. Download MULTIBEAST. Opened and drilled down to the Bootloader section and selected Chameleon (see me hardware below).
  3. Install the Bootloader to the NEW hard drive.
  4. After SUCCESSFUL attempt, shutdown and boot from the new drive..that’s it!
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My setup:

  •  Socket 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Intel GMA X4500 Graphics (D-Sub) DDR2 800/667Mhz GigaLAN 7.1-Ch HD Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s Support 1333Mhz FSB Micro ATX
  • Asus EN8400GSSILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) nVidia 8400GS Chipset 512MB DDR2 Dual Display PCI-Express Graphics Card

I hope this post helps!


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