Carbon Copy Cloner question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by btcomm, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. btcomm macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    So I cloned the drive, it put an image file on the external HD how would I restore this image if say I put a new HD in the mac system? This is a mac laptop and I exported the image to an external USB HD.

    Not quire sure how this works, I know on a PC you would boot from a cd then restore the image but how would you do this on a mac?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    You boot from the external drive, and with CCC copy the image back...
  3. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I'm not sure his external drive is bootable. The clone is a disk image file, I didn't think you could boot from a disk image.

    btcomm, you're better off cloning to a partition on the drive than to a disk image. I'm not sure what you're asking can be done easily without another Mac around to do the transfer.
  4. stupidregister macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2007
    Assuming the image is just a byte-for-byte copy of the original drive (and you don't have another Mac), you can use another non-Mac-only program (like dd on a live Linux CD) to copy the image data back to the hard drive.

    Or if you want to stick with working with OS X (and you don't have another Mac), you could install OS X onto a third hard drive, and use that temporarily to allow you to use CCC to restore the image.
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Something that I ran into when trying to boot off an external might want to run Disk Utility on your external drive to make it a "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

    I had a standard Iomega 120GB external drive that wasn't formatted in such a way, and when I CCC'd all of my stuff to the drive, it wouldn't boot. It has to be re-formatted to that "Volume Format"
  6. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    What would I do to even get the external bootable? When I clicked the clone button it made an image file on the external not a bootable drive.

    What options would I have to check and what setting would I have to change to just get it to to be a bootable drive instead of creating an image of the main HD on it?
  7. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Give this a shot:
    1. Open Disk Utility. Highight the drive in the left sidebar, and click into th "Patrition" tab. Under Volume Scheme, select 1 Partition, name it whatever you desire, and make sure the "Format" is "Mas OS Extended (Journaled)"

    That ensures that the drive will be boot-able.

    2) Go to CCC. Make sure that the "TARGET DISK" is the OTHER HARD DRIVE, not "New disc image," or a similar option. Make sure that "Copy everything from source to target" is selected, and hit "Clone."

    Hope that helps...
  8. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Can powerbook G4's 1.3 ghz's boot off of a usb drive?
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Sadly no.

    FireWire only.
  10. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Tough break, this powerbook is horrible. No usb bootable drives, has that stupid latch that makes it hard to take apart and hard to make it look good when you put it back.


    Someone save me from this dreaded mac.

    I guess I'm off to buy a firewire drive ugggg.

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