Third party disk cloning software vs Apple's Disk Utility

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ToTo Man, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. ToTo Man macrumors regular

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    If I want to make a bootable clone of my boot drive onto an external FW hard drive which I can restore from if my internal boot drive becomes corrupted, do I need 3rd party software like Carbon Copy Cloner, or can I just create an image of the boot disk in Apple's Disk Utility and save that to the external FW hard drive?

    Apart from incremental updating, what is the difference between these two methods in terms of being able to restore my computer to a previous state with all my applications installed? (I keep my data stored on a 2nd internal hard drive and am happy with manually backing this up to another external HD). So my reason for wanting to make a clone of my boot drive is so that I don't need to waste time re-installing all of my applications from DVD...
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "do I need 3rd party software like Carbon Copy Cloner, or can I just create an image of the boot disk in Apple's Disk Utility and save that to the external FW hard drive?"

    CarbonCopyConer is _exactly_ what you want to use.
     
  3. ToTo Man thread starter macrumors regular

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    So Apple's Disk Utility won't do this then?
     

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