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Texas_Toast

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Is it possible to use a clone created by CCC simply as an external drive?

By that I mean, could you boot up your Mac, plug in a CCC clone, and then access a file or folder on the clone even though you didn't boot to it? (If so, this would be a handy way to recover an individual file or folder, without doing a whole system restore.)
 

casperes1996

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Whilst I don't have enough experience with CCC clones to say this definitively, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to, since it is a "clone". So it should for all intents and purposes function identically to what it is a clone of, and you would be able to do that with the source of the clone.
Even if for some reason you can't, you could still boot to it and then copy off whatever you need, although that's obviously more of a hassle. But yeah, you really should be able to do what you say in your post.
 

Texas_Toast

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Whilst I don't have enough experience with CCC clones to say this definitively, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to, since it is a "clone". So it should for all intents and purposes function identically to what it is a clone of, and you would be able to do that with the source of the clone.
Even if for some reason you can't, you could still boot to it and then copy off whatever you need, although that's obviously more of a hassle. But yeah, you really should be able to do what you say in your post.

My clone is stored away somewhere, and I'm setting up a new Mac, so I can't easily check myself.

If I recall correctly, if you just plug in a clone, it will turn up like an external drive, and if so, then all of the files on thec lone would be viewable.

Or sort of like you mention, if I booted up to my clone, would I still be able to see my internal HDD and then copy files that way?
 

casperes1996

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If I recall correctly, if you just plug in a clone, it will turn up like an external drive, and if so, then all of the files on thec lone would be viewable.

Or sort of like you mention, if I booted up to my clone, would I still be able to see my internal HDD and then copy files that way?


A yes to both parts then :)
 

Fishrrman

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OP wrote:
"Is it possible to use a clone created by CCC simply as an external drive?"

Yes.
Just plug it in and use it.
Copy one file, a group of files, one or multiple folders...
... or if need be, RE-clone the ENTIRE DRIVE back to the internal drive.

It's that simple.
There's nothing complicated about this.
Little more to say on this, really.

You won't understand until you've used it.

Addendum:
CCC (or SuperDuper) also works VERY well when migrating data from and older Mac to a new one. Better than from a TM backup...
 
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