Creating a duplicate image of my main disk

Discussion in 'macOS' started by indigoflowAS, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. indigoflowAS macrumors 6502

    indigoflowAS

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    good day,

    I am fearful that the hard drive on my powerbook is inevitably going to die, for it is making that "lightsaber" noise and have performance issues when that happens...it goes through cycles.

    what i would like to do is create an identical image of my HDD and place it on another...so to boot from this new external firewire drive, and not have to start from scratch w/ installing and the like.

    i'm under the impression that this is possible, fill me in, thanks!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    But a FireWire Drive. Buy a copy of SuperDuper. Clone your drive. Have a beer :D
     
  3. indigoflowAS thread starter macrumors 6502

    indigoflowAS

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    firewire vs. usb 2.0?

    i appreciate firewire much more than usb2.0, but i was thinking of buying a WD Passport usb2.0 drive...and i think i just read that it cannot be used as a bootable drive, firewire only...can anyone corroborate this? cause that means i get to spend another $30 on a 2.5in lacie :-/
     
  4. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

    khisayruou

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    You can't boot from usb, only from firewire.
    To clone the drive use Carbon Copy Cloner, its free and easy to use.
    http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

    Out of curiousity, why don't you just replace the hard drive in the powerbook instead of buying an external?
     
  5. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    either way i'm sure he/she wants to back up his documents
     
  6. indigoflowAS thread starter macrumors 6502

    indigoflowAS

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    it does sound like a silly solution, doesnt it. what i had planned was buy a new powerbook as soon as they come out, that way i can take the FW drive w/ me to the new powerbook....and leave this tibook to fend for itself. the more i think about it, the more logical it might be to simply replace this internal drive. point me to a reasonable 2.5in drive if you know of one. thanks once again.
     
  7. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

    khisayruou

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    I see where your going with it. Might actually be a good idea to go with a FW if you need the extra space in the future. In any case...replacing the one you have now would require you to get an enclosure for the new 2.5 since you want to duplicate the contents (of course there are other ways, point is, it may become a hassle rather than just getting a FW)
     

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