How to move a whole external drive to a new external drive

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  1. CCC-SWEETS macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011

    MacBook Pro (Early 2011) with OS High Siera

    I have so many small external hard drives and CD/DVDs (!), which are taking up my storage space, so I am trying to move everything into my new 10TB external G-Technology drive. (I know it's risky to move them into one drive, but most important ones are already backed up.)

    I was searching about the best & easiest way to do this, and some sites recommend to do "restore" in Disk Utility. So I tried to do that, but it tells me everything in the new drive will be erased. I guess it's like replacing the content of them. But I have many drives, so I need to keep the files in the source drive while transferring the files from the small drives.

    What is the best way to do this? I've tried to copy and paste the whole drive before but it crushed after a few hours so I am looking for the safest/easiest way.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Using the Finder to copy the contents of each drive to the new drive is possible. A better way might be to use Carbon Copy Cloner (free for 30 days) to copy each drive over to a folder or disk image on the new drive. Alternately, you could use Disk Utility to save each drive as a disk image on the new drive.

    Of the three methods I'd suggest CCC.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  4. CCC-SWEETS thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    One more vote for CCC (or SuperDuper).

    NOTHING will do the job easier and more reliably.
    Not even "the finder".

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