Hard Drive Image

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by orlimac, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    Hi, i want to replace my existing hard drive for an hybrid one in my macbook pro. I need to make an exact image of it. Can i use my external time machine backup hard drive to save my image, and after it, boot my mac from it? Or i need to buy another one? Which program is best for defrag my existing hd? Thanks!
  2. macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    Time machine does not create a bootable clone of your hard drive. You'll need a cloning application like superduper or carbon copy cloner. Get an external enclosure to copy your hard disk and switch the disks when your copy is ready.
  3. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes, since 10.7.2 local Time Machine backups are bootable. Just option key boot to the Time Machine external drive. Then start Disk Util and format the new drive to Mac OS Extended then click restore. That will copy the OS and all your data to the new drive.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012

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