drive cloning software?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DesmoPilot, May 11, 2010.

  1. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Have a new HDD coming, what's good software for drive cloning? Also (probably the wrong forum for this), how would I go about drive cloning on a MBP?
  2. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

    Feb 20, 2010
    FWIW, the Disk Utility program which comes with every Mac can also perform clone operations... but, it uses the (somewhat confusing) term "restore".
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "I would reccomend getting something like this for cloning the drive (has made my life very easy)"

    Your link leads to a "dual" USB/SATA docking station. I already have one of the "single" docking stations, and - yes - it makes cloning and backups very easy.

    I was wondering if you've had any problems with the "dual" setup? That is to say, are you able to mount/dismount drives in a dual docking station _inidividually_, without any "USB problems"?
  5. CarlJ macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    +1 for SuperDuper. Extremely reliable, trustworthy, and Highly recommended (old but very insightful article).

    As far as procedure goes:
    • Put the new drive in an external enclosure (I'm partial to the ones from Macally or OtherWorldComputing)
    • Attach it to your MBP
    • Format with Disk Utility if necessary
    • Use SuperDuper (or CarbonCopyCloner or Disk Utility) to clone onto the new drive,
    • Swap the drives around (new drive in MBP, old drive in enclosure for storage/backup/etc).
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Another vote for Carbon Copy Cloner.

    A great application at the right price :D

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