Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AdamGT, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. AdamGT macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2017
    Anticipating a crash on a 13" 2012 MBP, running 10.10...

    In disk utility, what's the qualitative difference between backing up files with a disk image, versus restoring to an external drive?

    From what I can tell, it looks like the only option I have for the disk image is to copy the entire volume, versus restoring where I can copy individual folders, but have to erase the contents of the external drive while doing so...

    Will both have relatively the same effect in a new environment? Like, either way the files are saved?

    THANK you.
  2. Sam Luis Obispo macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2006
    If you use a program like Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the drive to that external hard drive; the computer can be booted from that external drive in the event of a hard drive crash. Does disk utility also give you a disk image that is bootable on the external drive?

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