How to create bootable clone?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ahmadof, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. ahmadof macrumors member

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    I have several macs that I want to backup (create bootable clones). I can see how I use disk utility to restore to a hard drive and that works well, but one clone takes over the entire hard drive (Mirrors it). I would like to be able to create a file (? Disk image) of the bootable copy so that I can store multiple computer clones on the same HD. Is this possible? Do I need to use something like Chronosync or Carbon copy cloner?
     
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    You will need a separate volume (partition) for each clone. So just create a partition for each machine you want to clone, then use Carbon Copy Cloner to create the clones on their respective partitions.
     
  3. ahmadof thread starter macrumors member

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    Can you partition a drive "on the fly" , or do you have to plan ahead as to how many computers you want to back up to that drive and create that many partitions?
     
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

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    You can add partitions as you go.
     
  5. ahmadof thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks , I will try today. Can you create a partition on the same drive being cloned and exclude it, then move it over to the NAS drive?
     
  6. hafr macrumors 68030

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    I have actually never cloned a drive, so I don't know. But if you crate a disk image you can just move it over without any problems.
     

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