was told Time Machine makes a bootable cloned image

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Talarspeed, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Talarspeed macrumors member

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    I finally get to open my first iMac in a few days and the excitement is killing me. So I decided to sign up for one of the workshops at the local Apple store.

    The girl told the group that Time Machine would make a perfect mirrored image of the hard drive in case of catastrophic failure. I asked her if this image was a boot-able clone and she said yes.

    From reading posts here I gathered that it didn't do this, but you needed SuperDuper or Carbon Copy.

    Was she wrong?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    She's wrong. Time Machine does backup your data and you can restore from it onto a new machine - however it isn't bootable.
     
  3. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps she got confused with booting from the OSX Disk and then restoring from time machine from there.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not a cloned image, like how Carbon Copy Clones a drive but rather the data is backed up hourly. The results are nearly the same but its not a cloned image.
     

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