Cloning vs Copying question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wie Gehts, May 9, 2009.

  1. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    DumbQ....

    Am I right in this thinking? When copying a disk, like your main boot drive that contains files and the system on it, you would use cloning software.

    And if I just want to copy ordinary files...no matter how huge an amount of...I would simply drag and drop. Correct?


    Thanks :)
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    You are right. If you want an exact copy of the whole drive - clone.

    If you just want certain files, drag and drop.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Cloning a drive will copy every bit of data EXACTLY. That means, it will read the data off the drive, bit by bit, and copy it bit for bit onto the new drive. Every file and every deleted file will be copied over
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    There are actually 2 ways to clone as seen from this explanation from Carbon Copy Cloner's Help File

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

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