using os vs an app for transferring content between external drives

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sossity, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I want to copy contents from one external hard drive to another external hard drive, is it best to use the mac finder os to do this or a dedicated app like carbon copy cloner?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    CCC (or SuperDuper) will do the job, fast and cleanly.
  3. Kissmyne macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2015
    I typically use either the built in Finder or Terminal(utilizing the CP command)

    Terminal I typically use for more mission critical copy functions.. and keep in mind it is faster... though... there will be no GUI interface or loading bar.
  4. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    For large files I use either the cp or rsync commands from Terminal. I prefer rsync as if there is a prob with copying some files, rsync will skip the prob files and continue with the rest. If you drag n drop from Finder and you have prob file, Finder will stop and you will have to copy all the files from the start.
  5. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    do you mean command paste? when you describe cp command from terminal? how do I use cp from terminal?
  6. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas

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