CCC or Superduper and external hard drive

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  1. invasian macrumors regular

    invasian

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    Here is the situation that I'm in. I have a SRMBP and want to create a clone of OSX onto an external hard drive.

    I have an external hard drive that i'm pulling from my old desktop. It's a 320 GB SATA drive that currently has 4 NTFS partitions on it that take up maybe 100 GBs in all. The remainder of the drive is unformatted and unpartitioned. My question is, will I run into any problems creating a clone on this drive (if i use the unformatted an unpartitioned space)? By problems, I mean is there a chance it will mess up and delete/overwrite the NTFS partitions? From reading the websites, they seem to recommend formatting the entire drive and starting from scratch.

    I would like to be able to keep the 4 NTFS partitions (as it contains XP and my graduate thesis files). At worst, I could just partition the free space and format it as HTFS+ and transfer/copy the more important files until I have graduated.
     
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000

    M@lew

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    The partition you intend to backup your Mac to must be formatted HFS+. I use SuperDuper to clone my HD onto an external and it works fine. I partitioned the external with 120GB for the image and the rest was FAT32, but it's now HFS+ as I got another external, meaning you should be able to keep your other partitions. Just make sure you have enough space to back everything up.
     
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

    bmcgonag

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    I've used both SuperDuper and CCC and they pretty much do the exact same thing. SuperDuper, if you pay, does a sync type update after the initial clone, which saves a lot of time, and CCC does this for free, but with a lot of setup hassle in the beginning to make it work. So you have to weigh out what you are trying to do.

    I use CCC, and just start it cloning at night when I'm going to bed. It takes a couple of hours for a 250GB drive.

    Enjoy,

    Brian
     
  4. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

    cyclingplatypus

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    I use CCC and do the exact same thing as bmcgonag.
     

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