Can I use USB for Cloning ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by johnold, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. johnold macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2011
    Can not find a firewire cable right now.... can I use USB cable to clone a drive with SuperDuper or some other way ?

  2. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I don't think you can use USB for a machine-to-machine clone like you can with FireWire. You could temporarily remove the source drive and put it in a cheap USB enclosure and clone from that. You don't mention what machines you are trying to use, but I recall that some Macs allow a simple ethernet cable to be used between them.

    Obviously, you could also get a external drive and backup on the source machine, then use that to either restore or migrate your data to the destination machine. Then you will have a backup drive to faithfully use from now on. :)
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If it's an external USB, yes, you can clone over USB.

    But as hfg noted, that doesn't work machine-to-machine on most (all?) Macs.

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