Cloning rMBP drive to a memory Stick ?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by cooa99, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    Hi Guys,

    I have a rMBP + mac mini and have cloned the drives to other drives for safekeeping in case I run into problems.....

    Anyway this seem to be a waste of spare drives as well as the possibility of drives going bad .....

    Since 32gb/64gb flash drives are now readily available, I was wondering if it is possible to clone to the flash drives instead .... and would they work the same way as the bootable spare drives ....?


  2. macrumors 603


  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2011

    I'll give it a try to see how slow.

    I take it that all I will need to do is :-
    1) connect 2 flash drives i.e. a bootable + target flash drives ...
    2) Boot the mac to the bootable drive
    3) use Disk utility to clone the mac HDD to the target flash drive


  4. macrumors 603



    Clone it and you are most likely good to go, most likely since there are a fair amount of people here on MR which clone their device, boot up from it but get the grey screen with the STOP sign.
    Might be a 10.8.2 Bug??
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    Is your comment in relation to using a Flash drive or HDD?.

    Strangely enough I did not bother to check if the HDD clones I created some time a go were bootable !

  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2009
    I am interested in this too.... a 64GB USB3 drive would help performance wise.

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