rsync instead of OS Install + Time Machine restoration?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by appletechpro, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    So, I'm wondering... what would be the disadvantages / advantages of booting with CMD+R, opening a Terminal and rsyncing the entire root (e.g. rsync -av /Volumes/EXISTING_INSTALL/ /Volumes/NEW_DISK) from one install to a freshly formatted disk?

    Would this not be faster than first installing the OS, and then restoring from Time Machine via Migration Assistant?
  2. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    That would work. The only downside I see is t would not give you a Lion recovery partition.

    You might take a look at the free Carbon Copy Cloner app. It is a GUI to rsync that will do what you want and can also be used to restore the Lion recovery partition.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    Yeah, I examined the disk structures and I could easily restore a recovery partition from the old disk to the new disk via dd. For simplicity's sake, I just went ahead with the usual OS Install/Time Machine route, but thanks for the confirmation!

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