Clone rMBP SSD to 2.5 HDD enclosure

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Alag28, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Alag28 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    Whats the easiest way?

    so again...i want to take all the information thats on my rMBP SSD and clone it to my 2.5 HDD enclosure????

  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Get the shareware Carbon Copy Cloner. You can even setup incremental backups after that initial clone.
  3. Alag28 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
  4. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    If the target drive is at least as big as the original drive you can use the built-in "dd" command that comes with all Unix & Linux based operating systems. Its not pretty to look at, but it will make an EXACT copy of the drive.

    dd is also very handy for wiping out a drive. I had a flashdrive that got corrupted during a format and nothing would open it. Not Windows, not OSX, not Linux. They could all mount the drive, but could not access the filesystem on it.

    So I used dd and wrote all 0's to it, then presto, was able to reformat it.
  5. Alag28 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    another question,

    so i completely made a clone of my source 256 ssd to my mechanical drive.

    i boot into it using my sister mbp, can i connect my iphone and restore my backup?
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes, it would be just like you were running your own Mac.

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