CarbonCopyCloner Question.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bentley, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. bentley macrumors 6502

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    I'm running a PowerBook which obviously has a slow hard drive, so I've got a 7200rpm 120gb firewire drive on the way to me now.

    I was thinking of using the Firewire drive as my "docked" boot HD and then the PowerBook one when I need portability.

    I was thinking of using CarbonCopyCloner to do this.

    Will this work? And will using the firewire drive speed things up for me this way?
     
  2. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Yes, CCC will work. It will make an exact copy of your internal drive and make it bootable (select that option). I'm not sure you will find an external FW drive a whole lot faster than the internal drive; FW has some extra overhead to it that the internal drive (EATA) doesn't have. I put a 7200 RPM internal drive in my TiBook (60 GB); works great.
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I think the external firewire hd will be slower than your internal one.
     
  4. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I recently did the exact same thing you're describing. Carbon Copy Cloner will work just fine, but like others have said, I don't think you'll find the external drive much faster. I ran XBench on the external and got almost the exact same disk score as when I use the internal (4200 RPM) drive. Anyway, I think you'll still find the external drive useful for backups and/or additional storage.
     
  5. munkle macrumors 68030

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    You might want to check out SuperDuper, does the same thing with a slightly clearer interface.
     
  6. HiRez macrumors 603

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    That app looks great, too bad it can't back up to CDs or DVDs, but maybe they will add that in a future version.
     
  7. bentley thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's probably not worth the hassle booting from it then but I guess it's handy if I ever get problems with my internal drive.

    Plus I can free up 20 or so gigs by sticking my music on there

    Thanks for the help!
     

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