drive cloning software?

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

  1. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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

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  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "I would reccomend getting something like this for cloning the drive (has made my life very easy)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-112-_-Product"

    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

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    +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

    maflynn

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    Another vote for Carbon Copy Cloner.

    A great application at the right price :D
     

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