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

    Dec 12, 2009
    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


    Nov 3, 2005
    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

    May 11, 2008
    Perhaps she got confused with booting from the OSX Disk and then restoring from time machine from there.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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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