What is the best program to clone a mac HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by btcomm, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. btcomm macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    What is the best free program? If there is no free program what is the best one for the price?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
  3. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Superduper says it will copy most files, is it possible to restore the files that super duper backs up to get a booting system again if the internal HD goes bad?
  4. holtchristian macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2007
    i used carbon copy cloner and it worked perfectly :cool:
  5. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Do you know if carbon copy cloner would clone disk errors as well? Or do you think it would leave that part out?
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Can you elaborate on disk errors?
  7. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Like the kind you get if you boot off of the DVD and go to disk utility and you click verify disk, not verify disk permissions but verify disk, it will tell you if there are btree errors etc.

    Also with cloning with the carbon copy cloner, how do you restore the image to a new hard drive? Or do you have to clone the image to another HD that will fit in the laptop and repalce the drive?
  8. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    As for the first issue, try to repair the drive before cloning or perhaps reinstall the OS with "archive and install."

    As to the second, you don't make an image, you literally copy the entire drive to a different hard drive (or partition), including the hidden files that are required with OS X. You don't replace the original drive. After cloning, you can boot from the newly copied drive by going to System Preferences-->Startup Disk and selecting the new drive. To go back to the original, repeat the process.

    So, to use CCC, you need a second hard drive or partition of the same size or bigger than the information stored on your source drive or partition.

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