Clone-copying system vs install?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Wie Gehts, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007

    I was wondering...thinking back from pre OSX days with regards to OSX..

    Is there any difference whether or not the boot system (including applications, etc.) for your computer was put in place by their installers or made from a (backed up) clone or copy of that system?

    I suppose it doesn't since people clone their drives all the time.

    I sort of remember from pre osx days of an installed system being ~blessed~, if I remember the vernacular correctly. But even still, don't know if it meant anything back then either

    Anyways I'm just curious.
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Shouldn't be any different depending on the depth of the clone. For instance, if just the Applications folder was cloned, it wouldn't include user preferences for the application. So the prefs would need to be recreated. If it's a full HD clone though, it'll have everything, hence clone.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    The current Mac OS cloning software (SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner) bless the System folder for Mac OS X volumes.

    I don't think the blessing procedure is the same but the end result is a bootable clone.
  4. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007
    Thanks guys :)

    Just bought me SuperDuper about an hour ago. Almost two years without cloning my macbooks hd. Figured it was about time. ;)

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