Upgrading my MacPro with new Hard- and Software

On August 19, 2011, in English, Information, by Stefaan Lesage

Now that I’ve finished this months tutorial, it’s time to give my good old MacPro some upgrades …

Well, now that Final Cut Pro X and Lion has been out for a few weeks … it is time to upgrade my MacPro. Sadly I couldn’t upgrade to the latest version of Final Cut Pro because my current Graphics card wasn’t supported. Meanwhile I bought the ATI Radeon HD 5770 and while being at it … got some new and bigger drives too.

Yesterday evening I spent all evening reviewing my current drives and checking if I still needed all the stuff on it. I did a huge amount of housekeeping and removed a lot of stuff.

Next up … I did some backups. First I made a backup of the 3 drives in my MacPro. After the housekeeping, I was left with about 1.2 TB of data I needed to backup. My first backup went to my Drobo, the second one is a time machine backup of all my important data which (for now) is still on that Drobo too.

My last backup is an off-site backup. For that, I used one of the 2 TB drives I bought, made 3 partitions on it (one for every drive I wanted to backup) and ran SuperDuper! to have an exact copy of my 3 internal drives on the 2 TB drives.

Now I’m ready for the next steps :

  1. Upgrade the Gfx card in my MacPro from the ATI X1900 to the ATI Radeon HD 5770
  2. Upgrade the drives in my MacPro from the 750 Gb ones to 2 TB drives
  3. Upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion (Mac App Store affilate link for Belgians : OS X Lion - Apple®)
  4. Upgrade from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X (Mac App Store affilate link for Belgians : Final Cut Pro - Apple®)
  5. Upgrade Compressor to the latest version (Mac App Store affilate link for Belgians : Compressor - Apple®)
  6. Upgrade Motion to the latest version (Mac App Store affilate link for Belgians : Motion - Apple®)
Meanwhile I got through the upgrades and am now on Lion, but … I have the impression that my ‘offsite’ backup will have to return home ASAP … but I think I’ll keep that for a whole new post.
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