Creating backup for MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Onemorequestion, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Onemorequestion macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2017
    Hey all!

    I have a faulty MacBook Pro from 2011 that was from a line of MacBooks that had issues with the graphics card.
    The graphics card didn't fail on me until feb 2017, and Apple's warranty was up on Dec 31, 2016.
    (I swear they make their products to last only until the next version comes out.)

    Long story short, I'm trying to create a backup on another MacBook then transfer it to an external hard drive so I can have my MacBook wiped, plug the external hard drive in, and restore my MacBook to its former glory.

    I'm using a thunderbolt cable to do the transfer. I got as far as creating a duplicate of my computer on a friend's MacBook but from there I don't know how to create a backup on my external hard drive.

    I tried to drag and drop the icons from my friend's MBP representing my MBP onto the external Harddrive but that just made shortcuts, and I don't know that I could transfer that onto my MBP once the system is reset.

    Sorry if this is hard to understand. It's kind of a convoluted process. (Although..perhaps it doesn't need to be?)

    If you have done this before or can offer a solution I'd appreciate it!

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  3. maflynn Moderator


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    May 3, 2009
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    And again, another vote for CarbonCopyCloner.

    If direct connection between the two laptops keeps giving you problems, you could always try this:
    1. Open up the MacBook Pro, take the internal drive out.
    2. Use a USB3/SATA dock, or USB3 enclosure, or USB3/SATA "adapter dongle" to connect the "bare drive" to the MacBook.

    You'll need a Phillips #00 driver and a TORX T-6 driver (from a hardware store, Home Depot, Lowe's, or online).
    Go to to see what's involved.
    It's a simple procedure, a 10-minute job.
  5. Onemorequestion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2017
    Awesome. Thanks for the suggestion, everyone!

    I'll look into Carbon Copy Cloner.
  6. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Ha, the next version after yours came out in 2012.

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