Cloning Drives from One Computer to Another

Discussion in 'macOS' started by numark, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. numark macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    The display on my iBook went belly-up on me, and I made the big mistake of not backing up my drive ahead of time. While I can't see anything on the screen, I can access the hard disk fine on my G5 by using Firewire Target Disk Mode.

    Before I ship it away to Apple for warranty repair, I want to get a clone of the hard drive, so if something happens and the drive comes back blank, I can still restore all my applications and data (not to mention having my data available in the meantime). The thing is, I can't seem to find anything that will clone drives from one computer to another. I looked at Carbon Copy Cloner, but I haven't seen any evidence of it supporting Target Disk Mode. Does it, or does anyone know of anything else I can use to get my data off? Thanks!
  2. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    all you need to do is:

    1. Plug into the desired computer via Target Disk Mode

    2. after it appears on the desktop, use CCC to clone your HD [or whatever you want cloned]

    3. Then choose the destination folder [or you might be able to do something like a save as] to the other HD.

    I suppose i could be more help if i actually had the program installed, but this is all i can remember from when i used it.

    Good Luck
  3. benwa02 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2004
    You laptop drive should just show up as a HD. Then you could do exactly what the previous post said copy the laptop drive to another drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. I have used the program a few times and it works great. Awesome piece of software and its free.
  4. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    Super Duper allows this. A window opens up in which you can choose to back up any partition connected to the computer that you're running it on. You can do this with the free trial/unregistered version too.

    Super Duper pic. Notice that it shows external drives (firewire icon)

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  5. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I don't know about CCC, but I know that SuperDuper! will let you select the source and destination disks to clone. If your iBook disk shows up as just another disk, I don't see why this approach would not work (as already stated above for CCC).

    EDIT: I see that neocell beat me to it!
  6. numark thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'll try out SuperDuper tomorrow and see how it works. Thanks again!

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