Cloning boot SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Whitefalcon70, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Whitefalcon70 macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2017
    Hi all, first post here!
    I currently have a 850 EVO SSD as my boot drive in my Mac Pro 5,1. It is plugged into a drive bay. I’d like to upgrade to a blade drive on a PCIE adaptor.
    Can I clone my boot drive (El Capitan) so I don’t have to re-install eveything from scratch?
    Any advice would be great!
  2. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Yes, you can. After installing the new PCI drive and initializing the SSD, download Carbon Copy Cloner and clone the SSD in the drive bay to the PCI based SSD. CCC should also pop up a window and offer to clone the recovery partition, something no other utility does (AFAIK). You can use CCC in demonstration mode for 30 days, but personally I consider it well worth the price!
  3. Whitefalcon70 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2017
  4. pixelatedscraps macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2017
    Hong Kong
    I second CCC, it’s awesome and saves so much time.
  5. MassMacMan macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2012
    Boston MetroWest
    I'll third that recommendation. I use CC Cloner to clone my SSD every night to a small volume on a mounted HDD. I also use it to back up my files onto a removable USB HD which I store off-site.
  6. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    Anybody using SuperDuper these days? It's been working fine for me.
  7. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502a

    Dr. Stealth

    Sep 14, 2004
    SoCal-Surf City USA
    Yes! I use SuperDuper every day to perform scheduled backups of my main Sierra drive. It's like set it and forget it. It keeps an exact (bootable) backup volume of my main drive. If I need to clone a drive I like to use CCC because it will also clones the Recovery Partition. But for everyday backups SuperDuper works awesome with a scheduled backup.
  8. haralds macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    CCC is the only way to go! Have been using it for years. I use TimeMachine, but also clone. It can clone incrementally. It also manages the Recovery Partition. I keep my clones updated every few days.
    Recovery from clones is MUCH faster than TimeMachine.
  9. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    CCC does scheduled backups as well. That plus it's ability to handle the Recovery Partition makes it a winner.
  10. CapnDavey, Oct 13, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017

    CapnDavey macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2015
    like others said yes you can I've been using carbon copy cloner since it came out in 2002 saves me lots of time.
    Back in the Os9 days you could just format the drive a copy the system over real simple. but if you were using non apple hard drives in the pre new world rom boxes you had to use hard drive toolkit to format them those were the days hehe
  11. trchern macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2017
    For 2.5 SSD to PCIE adaptor, any recommendation for the adaptor? I found that OCW has one the claimed compatible to cMP without any driver needed. However it is much more expensive. If I just buy a random cheap adaptor, will it work on CMP 5,1?
  12. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2012
    Carbon Copy Cloner is absolutely a life saver and highly recommended.

    I have Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 and Apricorn Velocity Duo X2 cards for SSDs in my 5,1 at the moment. If you can still find them being sold anywhere, they work well. Aside from the OWC Accelsior, the Sonnet Tempo was another card some have recommended. Think it's overpriced at many retailers, however.
  13. SamirPD macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2018
    I'm not sure if anyone has tried this yet, but for a standalone solution, I've used a hardware sata drive duplicator when upgrading my wife's storage. They're not that expensive and the time saved alone can be worth the price of the device. Plus it works as an external usb 3.0 drive mount when connected to a computer.

    Another method that's completely free is clonezilla live cd. You can just attach the new drive and quickly clone the entire drive. It supports usb and firewire too so you don't even have to open the case.

    These solutions are great for one time operations, but for regular backups, I think the ones posted above are far superior.

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