Is it Possible to Copy my Operating System?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dsa420, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. dsa420 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    So I just purchased a new MBP and have Snow Leopard installed on my current machine. The original boot file is on my home computer (I am out of town) and trying to avoid having to download all over again.

    Is there any way to "Clone" my current computer to have the operating system installed on my new machine?
  2. lag1090 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2007
    How exactly did you obtain your copy of Snow Leopard?

    The only people intended to have copies of it are Apple Developers, and one would expect such people to be knowledgeable about something as simple as cloning a partition.

    Apologies if my skepticism is incorrect, but your question certainly gives the impression that you just downloaded it off of some unauthorized source.
  3. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    I hate to say it, but I actually agree with this guy. ^^^

    I am usually the one to tell people to piss off in regards to "where someone got the files", but in this case, I make an exception. Asking basic questions like this is pretty sure-fire dead give-away that you either a) pirated it, and while I will neither confirm nor deny if i condone that behavior, it is not to be discussed here, or b) have more money than sense and bought your way into Apple's Developer ranks without any real "need".

    I will give you at least a little bit of the benefit of the doubt here: google "carbon copy cloner" and you will find what you need. Now, be smarter about what you ask around this skeptical crowd :rolleyes:
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    im a bit on the fence with this issue.. if somebody wants to steal/take/borrow/trial/whatever software then that is their choice, however, when silly questions such as this are asked its kinda a bit low.

    OP: you will want to clone your drive, or use Time Machine.
  5. lag1090 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2007
    To tell you the truth, I usually don't take serious issue with the possibility that someone pirated a piece of software online. It's not like it can be proven with an online identity, anyway. Like another said, it is a personal choice to engage in such activity, and it is not our business.

    However, it greatly annoys me if someone doesn't at least make an attempt at covering their tracks up. If you're going to commit a crime, don't make it evident that you're doing so.

    If in the event that the OP is indeed a member of the ADC, it's quite sad what a few hundred dollars can buy you. While I believe that it would be unfair to impose restrictions on membership so only legit developers were accepted, I wish that those simply with deep pockets would refrain from joining.
  6. kilowattradio macrumors regular


    May 11, 2009
    You can use the
    in apple terminal if you have installed. Do a google search for instructions.

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