SuperDuper Cloning Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by azharc, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. azharc macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2008
    Hey there,

    SuperDuper can create a bootable clone that let's you boot off a drive in Firewire target disk mode.

    However, I have a USB 2.0 Drive.

    Has anyone tried using one of these combo hubs with a USB 2.0 drive connected through the hub to the Firewire port of a Mac and booting off Target Disk mode?

    Any responses much appreciated :)
  2. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    In general I have mixed results with a USB disk connected via a hub v. one connected directly to the computer. For example, I have a Western Digital Passport drive that is powered by USB. It doesn't like hubs even though the hubs I have are externally powered by AC adaptors.

    I use SuperDuper and when I boot off the USB disk (painfully slow, btw), I connect it direct. However, when I do backups with superduper, I go via a more conveniently located hub port with no problems.
  3. azharc thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2008
    Thanks for your reply, actually I was wondering if you could boot in Firewire Target Disk mode during startup (you know, if the drive completely fails and you can't start up - hence not be able to mount the USB drive because you can't open SuperDuper! because you can't start up :D)
  4. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    With the Intel Macs you can boot to a USB disk. A superduper-clone on a USB drive works just fine.

    So, if your internal boot drive dies:

    1. Replace drive/have drive replaced
    2. Connect USB drive with superduper clone to mac
    3. Power on mac and during boot process hold the specific key combo (I forget what it is)
    4. Select the icon that represents your usb drive
    After OS loads, start superduper and do a "backup" but swap drives (your backup disk is the source, the internal disk is the destination).

    Worked flawlessly when Apple sent me a replacement system when my less-than-1-week-old-mac died.

    If you have a PPC system,, booting to USB is not an option. I think the Targeted Disk Mode works only with firewire.
  5. azharc thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2008
    Oh, alright. Thanks!
  6. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    I don't want to worry you, but I'm afraid that there are no chances... It's not even Tuesday.
  7. KoolStar macrumors demi-god


    Oct 16, 2006
    That is correct if you have a PPC Mac you can only boot from external FW.
  8. azharc thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2008
    I'm not talking about the new ones/refreshes...
    I'm talking about getting a MBP when I land in the states on 8/22 (current gen.)
  9. stoked1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2009
    Booting off a Firewire external disk

    I've got a G5 tower running OSX 10.4 and have tried all sorts of things to try and get it to see a Super Duper clone on either of my firewire drives.

    I need to repair my system drive, which has some errors but still boots up most of the time, but I bought my computer 2nd hand from a company with no system disk to boot up on.

    I have a My Passport external drive with Firewire 400/ Firewire 800 connections on it and have cloned a disk image of the operating system drive to it - no matter what I do I can't seem to get the mac to see it in the boot up stage, or my other firewire drive.

    Any advice gratefully received.

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