Cloning my macbook using WD

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  1. brenda TN macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    I have a white macbook late 2009 6.1 model with snow leopard. I want to upgrade to mountain lion (afraid of Maverick with the WD issues) Before I do I want to clone my macbook. I have one wd passport with my macbook backup on it. I have one WD my book studio with all my raw pictures on it that I use with lightroom. I bought another my book studio to use as a backup for my first my book studio. Before I use it as a backup I want to clone my macbook then install mountain lion. My question (finally) I have the instructions steps to format your hard drive as an HFS+ volume. Is this the steps I follow with my new my book studio. Once I install mountain lion and it is running fine, what steps do I need to take to make this drive usable for a backup of my other. I don't want to install any wd software and have removed all software. Thank You
  2. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    You need:

    1. CarbonCopyCloner version 3.4.7. You can download it from this page:
    (Important: version 3.4.7 may throw a warning up if you use it with Mountain Lion that it "hasn't been tested" with ML. You can IGNORE this -- just dismiss the alert, close any web windows, and continue with CCC. It will work fine)

    2. A drive volume large enough to hold the contents of your MacBook internal drive.

    You could take the (as yet-unused) WD drive and do this:
    1. Initialize with Disk Utility. Give it a distinct name.
    2. Use CCC to clone the contents of your MacBook to the WD drive.

    When done, you can "test boot" the WD drive by doing this:
    1. Restart
    2. As soon as you hear the startup sound, hold down the option key and keep holding it down -- the startup manager will appear
    3. Select the WD drive using the pointer or arrow keys, then hit return
    4. The MacBook should boot from the backup
    Check "About this Mac" to be sure you're booted from the backup. You just want to be sure the backup clone works as intended.

    At this point, you can install ML onto the MacBook.

    If it was me, and I _KNEW_ I could boot from my cloned backup, I would do this:
    1. Reintialize the MacBook drive
    2. Do a completely "clean install" of ML to the internal drive (but don't use Setup Assistant to migrate from backup drive)
    3. Boot from the fresh install, create a "blank administrative" account, run software update to get the OS up to date.
    4. Then, I would connect my cloned backup, and use Migration Assistant to migrate over my accounts, user settings, apps, and data.
    5. Then, I would "switch accounts" to my original (my named) account, and leave the "Administrative" account there, untouched, for emergencies, etc.
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Or, you could install ML onto the clone. Then you could have a play with it for a while, check that you are happy with how its working, update any applications, printer drivers etc, while all the time having a MacBook that you know is OK. Then, when you are happy with ML, you can clone the external drive back to your MacBook.

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