"Ghosting" a bootable MAC OS Image to another HD.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Blind Buzzard, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Blind Buzzard macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2005
    Can anyone point me in the right direction for finding some how-to information?

    I need assistance with creating a bootable MAC OS image and saving as backup on a seperate HD.

    This may be silly to ask but please bare with me I'm a PC user attempting to convert to the MAC realm.

    I would appreciate any assistance!
  2. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Use SuperDuper! you can easily clone to another drive or clone to a disk image. You can also try Carbon Copy Cloner, it appears their page is down right now but it has similar functionality.
  3. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Try out Carbon Copy Cloner before SuperDuper. CCC is freeware while SuperDuper is not.
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Not silly at all. Welcome. Both CCC and SuperDuper do a great job at cloning. Apple includes a utility in Disk Utility called "Restore", but IMO it's a piece of ****. I've never had success with it after a handful of tries, but I've had hundreds of sucessful clones with both CCC and SuperDuper.

    For future reference, Mac isn't an acronym like PC. It's short for Macintosh.
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    CCC is the way to go for one-shot, sure-fire clones. Add PSYNCH (the instructions are with it), and you can do a differential, bootable clone in a relatively short period of time.

    Another free (not even donationware) option is the crusty-looking but effective LaCie Silverkeeper (have a look at VersionTracker to find it). It's not quite as powerful as CCC, but it'll do a differential, bootable clone from one drive to another, and you can select specific files not to replace, or not to copy.

    Silverkeeper's one big advantage for automated, scheduled backups is that it includes the ability to have your Mac wake at a specified time to do a backup, and to execute a backup when you first turn it on if it was powered down at that time.

    My Mac wakes from sleep at 12:05 every night and does a complete clone of the boot partition to a partition on a 2nd internal drive, for example, and it's run smoothly since the release of Tiger. If you do something like this, you want to be sure to tell spotlight NOT to index the backup partition, and Silverkeeper not to replace the invisible Spotlight folder on the target drive or it'll end up indexing the whole bloody thing every day.
  6. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    if you have tiger you can use rsync or rsyncx.
  7. Blind Buzzard thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2005
    thanks to all

    Thanks to everyone for pointing me in the right direction! I was able to successfully get the image copied with CCC. I also played around with rsynchX, I like the manual use of it but have not had the time to really sink into it.



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