CCC: create bootable copy of internal hd

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ziomangrovia, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. ziomangrovia macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2015
    I want to create hd image of iMac OSX 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) to external usb by ccc 3.5.x

    CCC permits to choose as target:
    1. existing disk
    2. new disk image
    3. existing image disk
    4. remote Macintosh
    5. choose folder
    I chose existing disk for my external usb disk while among these 3 target options:
    1. temporarily archive modified and deleted items
    2. delete anything that doesn't exist on the source
    3. keep recent files, don't delete anything
    I chose temporarily archive modified and deleted items
    I noted no checkbox about 'boot' flag.

    Now I'd like to know:

    1. my usb disk is bootable ?
    2. if OSX was damaged, I can use usb disk to restore the whole OSX (included app+data) to original disk?
    3. You think it's better to create OSX image for my scope?
    4. I know Snow Leopard has no recovery partitions, so what tools can I use to restore CCC image to a new disk when I boot if internal disk has been replaced to new one?
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    1. Yes, if youbuse the full CCC Copy.
    2. If you copy the corrupted OS X to the external, that is what will go back to the original disk.
    3. No better to repair the corrupted Mac OS X, even if it involved erasing the hard drive and using your Snow Leopard disc for a clean install.
    4. If CCC is on external drive, boot from, it when connected, erase the internal drive and copy over.
    5. Version 3.5 is old so see if you can update it. Also Snow Leopard is old, no more Security or System Updates, browsers not working with banks etc. Depending non the model update to El Capitan OS X.11 via the App Store.
  3. ziomangrovia thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2015
    I explained badly, I wanted to say if in future my OSX corrupted I can restore my copy to new original disk?

    I don't know Apple environment, so I should to restore OSX from external disk to original disk how can I run CCC?!
    I have to create minimal bootable usb which contains CCC like in Windows enviroment?

    I tried CCC 4.x version but It's not supported by Snow Leopard.
    I have model 8,1 (A1224) 2008 with 3 GB ram, I think to install Yosemite or El Capitan ? What do you think?
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Zio -

    The BEST way to have a bootable cloned backup "ready to go" for emergencies is to:
    1. Use an external drive (with nothing else on it) dedicated to this purpose
    2. Use CCC option "delete anything that doesn't exist on the source"
    3. Create the cloned backup, then...
    4. Do "incremental" backups to update it at least once or twice a week.

    If you do this, you can just plug in the cloned backup, boot from it, and everything will be "just like it was the last time you updated the backup".

    You can boot right into the finder, and then get one file, several files, or some folders, or even "re-clone" the entire backup drive BACK TO the internal drive.

    There's NOTHING complicated about this.
    Take an empty drive and give it a try.
    You won't understand until you actually try it.

    CCC is one of the finest pieces of Mac software out there, and probably the best backup solution of all for most end users.

    How to boot from the clone:
    1. Power down
    2. Press the power on button
    3. IMMEDIATELY hold down the option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN
    4. The startup manager will appear. Use the mouse pointer to select the backup and hit return.
    5. When you get to the finder, go to "about this Mac" and check to see that you're actually booted from the backup. It will look EXACTLY THE SAME as the internal drive (after all, it's a "clone").

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