OS X :: Backup Strategy - Make Bootable Clone Of Internal Drive?

Oct 8, 2009

I am planning to buy a 500GB laptop harddrive, put it in an enclosure, and use CarbonCopyCloner to make a bootable clone of my Mac's internal 500GB Drive. This way, if there is a problem with my internal drive, I can just swap in the cloned drive and boot from that, never missing a step. However, I am wondering if this is a good strategy. What if something else fails on my mac like the motherboard - would I be able to boot my cloned drive on another mac?

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OS X :: Can Make A Bootable Clone Of An Internal Harddrive

May 5, 2010

I have a mirrored drive door G4 [dual 1.25 GHz] with 10.2.8. I would like to make a bootable clone of this drive on an external hard drive, to use in case this computer fails somehow.I know there is software available to do that. Are there any particular mistakes a person could make in doing this that someone here can identify and explain how to avoid?

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Hardware :: Making Bootable Clone Of Internal Drive?

Oct 16, 2009

I have been a user of SuperDuper! for some time and understand the process of making a bootable clone of my startup drive. The other day, my bootable backup drive crashed. It was an Iomega that had been partitioned and worked fine as a bootable backup until the drive itself failed. The Iomega was a Firewire 400 drive.

When I bought a replacement, I bought a Western Digital FW 800/400, USB 2, eSata connection system. 1 TB. I partitioned it and created a bootable clone with the latest version of SuperDuper! The operation went smoothly until I tried to actually boot from the newly created clone. I could select the clone from the Startup Disk panel, but my Mac refuses to boot from it. It looks, then says, "Hmmm! I think I'll start up from the internal drive." I have another WD FW 400, USB 2.0 drive and it is bootable as well as a LaCie FW 400 that I can make bootable. Only this one drive that has no specific FW 400 port will not boot. I tried it as FW 800, no dice. I connected with the adapter cable to the FW 400 port, no joy.

I can return this WD drive for exchange. My question is should I expect the same results if I exchange it for another drive of the same type? Or is there a chance that a new drive of the same type will work?

PowerMac, dual G5 2 Ghz, OS X 10.4.11. It has a FW 800 port as well as FW 400.

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OS X :: Create A Bootable Backup Of Internal Hard Drive?

Jan 22, 2010

I used Carbon Copy Cloner to create a bootable backup of my internal hard drive. I was wondering how you initiate the bootable backup if I do have an internal hard drive failure? Do I just plug the drive in and power the computer on? Are there any other steps/precautions I should consider.

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OS X :: Make A Bootable Clone Of The Whole System Discs?

May 19, 2010

I have an old G4 system with Pro Tools recording software and related Plug-Ins installed and running flawlessly. Bad news is that the drive is about 9 yrs old and I want to make a backup before selling it to someone so they can have a bootable backup drive instead of having to re-install the whole system if the internal drive craps out.

The OS is 9.2.2. It is not classic and has no version of OS X on it t all.

How do I make a bootable clone of the whole system discs, apps an all, to an external firewire drive?

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Oct 18, 2010

I used Super Duper to create a bootable clone on an external firewire drive.
When I restart my MBP holding down the option key I can choose the external drive. OSX (104.11) starts to load and then encounters a name and password popup. Entering the administrator name and password of the original drive fails. Only one account on the machine - still using the admin password originally chosen.

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OS9/OS8/System 7 :: Clone An Internal Drive In OS 9?

Apr 17, 2012

I have a G4 400 Mac desktop running plotter software that I need to put on a new drive in the same machine. The current drive is making clicking sounds at start up that probably indicate poor drive health. How do I clone the current drive to a new drive in a way that will allow me to just switch start up to the new healthy drive and keep running the plotter software as usual?

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OS X :: Can Carbon Copy Cloner Clone My Internal Drive?

May 27, 2010

Can Carbon Copy Cloner clone my internal drive and media drive on one bootable back up?

I believe time machine can but I like the idea of bootable back ups.

What I want is. 250GB internal + 500GB media CLONED to 1TB drive.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Bootable Drive Supersedes Internal Drive

Mar 17, 2012

I did a backup to a partitioned firewire drive using superduper

I want to keep the drive hooked up and on because I save other things to the other (non superduper) partition.

But when I restart my imac, it invariably chooses to boot up via the superduper partition instead of the interior boot drive of the mac.

Do I always have to shut the fw drive down and restart it AFTER booting up imac?

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MacBook :: Installing New Internal Hard Drive, Safely Clone The Existing BOOTCAMP Partition?

Jul 4, 2012

I have a 13 inch Aluminum Late 2008 MacBook.  Processor 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53).  Currently I have a 160 GB SATA disk as my hard drive a d 4 GB of memory.  (Is it time to upgrade or what?)  I recently bought a Western Digital 1 TB internal hard drive to replace my exisiting internal hard drive.  I spent a lot of time last night trying to first- connect this new hard drive to my computer so that I can then clone the existing hard drive and then hoping that I would get that done so I could install the new hard drive.  No such luck. 

My current hard drive is partitioned as follows: 

Name:  Macintosh HD
Format: Mac OS Extended (journaled)
Size: 132.5 GB 
Format: Windows NT File System (NTFS)
Size: 26.69 GB 

When I was partitioning the new drive I did so as follows: 

Name: Macintosh HD
Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Size: 973.51 GB 

Format: MS-DOS (FAT) ---  This was the only option that I was given that I thought would work.  I did not have the option of "Windows NT File System (NTFS) to choose from.  Question # 1: is that going to be a problem?  I only run 1 program on Windows and that is the only reason I have BOOTCAMP on there at all.  However, I do HAVE to have that program.  Like I said it didn't give me the option to choose Windows so I didn't know where to go with this.  Any help with that would be awesome.

Size: 26.34 GB  (I just used the same size that was current, or close to it.) I connected the Western Digital 1 TB through an external device, partitioned it as stated above, and then used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the drives.  The first one went through fine.  (It took 2 hours and I went to bed before it finished.)  This morning I woke to see that it had gone through well.  I then started the process with the BOOTCAMP drives.  However, before I started it gave me errors stating that I wouldn't be able to run Windows off of the Cloned BOOTCAMP drive.  Question #2:  Is it because of the Format type I chose when partitioning?

MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Can Make A Bootable External Hard Drive

Aug 16, 2009

I was installing a software update on my mother's Intel iMac. While installing, the iMac told me that there was a problem and to contact the software manufacturer. When I went to reboot, it would not. All I get is the universal sign for stop (circle with a 45 degree angle line through it). My mother has no backups whatsoever. She needs her information. I am in need of a safe way to retrieve her information.I have tried the basic help from Apple's site--nothing worked. A friend told me that I might be able to boot the computer from a bootable external hard drive and pull the information off that way.

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OS X :: Can Make Windows 7 Bootable From Flash Drive

Jan 29, 2010

I'm trying to install windows 7 on my macbook, i couldn't put the iso disk image on a dvd because my macbook will not read a bank dvd (that's a separate problem)So i was wondering if there was a way to "burn" the iso file on a flash drive and boot it up from through when I'm on Boot camp assistant.

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OS X V10.7 :: Make Bootable Lion DVD From Flash Drive?

Jul 6, 2012

After Lion's release last summer, I downloaded it and made a bootable Lion flash drive, which works great. Now, I want to burn Lion from the flash drive to a DVD. On the flash drive, when I open Contents of "Install Mac OS X Lion.app," I do not see a Shared Support folder. Can I make a bootable DVD from my bootable Lion USB flash drive?

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Applications :: Migration Assistant - Update Backup Bootable System Drive Image On External FW Drive

Sep 29, 2009

When I eventually upgrade to Snow Leopard, I'd ideally like to do a fresh install (I did Tiger>Leopard as an upgrade install), but I really don't want to have to go through the hassle of reinstalling all my apps afterwards. So, would the following work as a best-of-both-worlds alternative?

1. Update my backup bootable system drive image on my external FW drive
2. Wipe the drive in my MBP and do a fresh install of SL
3. Use the Migration Assistant to automagically copy all my data and apps over from the backup drive as if I was upgrading from an old Mac to a new one

On paper at least, it looks like it ought to "just work"... but I'm wondering whether or not Migration Assistant will work between a Mac and an external drive, or does it have to be between two actual Macs?

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MacBook Pro :: Make A Bootable External Drive After The 10.7.4 Update?

May 15, 2012

i have made a bootable lion hard drive before and it worked fine. But after the 10.7.4 update i am unable to make another one. When i follow the usual steps

1- download lion from app store

2- show package contents

3- contents- shared contens- drag and drop them dmg file into disk utility (something along those lines).

4-restore drive (external hard drive) and drag the lion file to the 'source' area and the external hard drive to the 'destination' area.

5- When i hit restore it does everything but at the end it says something like "failed, invalid argument'?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Make External Hard Drive Bootable

Jun 25, 2012

I want to make my external hard drive a bootable drive, how do I do it?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), I want to upgrade my lion.

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PowerPC :: Macbook Bootable Backup - Bootable On Non Intel Based?

Mar 4, 2010

I just recently purchased a Macbook, and I created a bootable backup of the system. The macbook boots from the backup, but when I try to boot from the backup on our G5 and also our Powerbook G4 it will not work. The G5 does not even see the bootable partitions I created, and the G4 sees them, but when I select the partition to boot from, the computer just restarts and boots from the Powerbook hardrive. We are having to send the Macbook back for some small power issues, and we need a bootable backup of this sytem that works. Does this have anything to do with the fact that the Macbook is an intel based computer and the Powerbook G4 is not? Also, the macbook is running Snow Leopard, and the Powerbook is on Tiger.

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Windows On Mac :: Creating Bootable Backup Of Entire Drive?

Jan 3, 2011

Currently I am running Windows 7 Ultimate (400GB) and OSX 10.6(100GB). I mainly use windows 7 (don't ask why). Anyways I am wondering how I can create a bootable backup of my entire drive (both partitions) form my windows side. Also the software should be able to handle incremental backups, so that the backup don't forever and ruin the backup drive. I have tried a few different pieces of "cloning" software but they don't seem to handle the GPT partition (the efi partition?) very well. I don't know much about partitions. My goal is to create a fast (incremental) bootable backup so if I plug my backup drive in and hold option down four (2 windows and 2 osx) bootable partitions should appear. If that is not possible switching the hard dives is also an option.

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MacBook Air :: Backup Strategy (Just Using SuperDuper)

Oct 27, 2010

This is my first MBA so I am wondering about a backup strategy. On my iMac I use SuperDuper! and TimeMachine. On my MacBook I just use SuperDuper! I do not backup my MacBook as often as my iMac because most of my content creation is on the iMac. I am thinking of just using the same strategy as I currently use on my MacBook. What strategies are you using?

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Mac Pro :: Time Machine & Other Backup Strategy?

Apr 8, 2008

I currently have boot disk in drive bay 1, windows on a very slow noisy drive in bay 2 and planning to add a separate disk for all my data files - pictures, movies etc in bay 3. I am confused about the way to backup the data files on the drive in bay 3 and also use time machine to backup the OS/Apps in bay 1. I am worried that I will loose all my valuable data files in case the drive in bay 3 goes down. If I use the 4th bay as a RAID backup drive for the data on the drive in bay 3, then I have to look elsewhere for a place to backup the stuff on drive bay 1. I am getting myself confused By the way, I also have a NAS storage drive not directly connected to the Mac, but available on the LAN. I cant use this for Time machine ( or probably dont want to)

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Mac Pro :: Secure And Reliable Backup Strategy

Jan 12, 2009

My 8 core Mac Pro should be here in a few days and I have not spent much time considering a backup strategy. I want to keep it simple and reliable. I am not sure what size drives I am going to get. I will not be doing a lot of graphics work on the system. I will be using it for everyday business productivity, iPod music storage, and application development. I will also be using Fusion 2 with a Vista Home Premium VM. ON my current PC, I am using less than 100GB. I suspect 750GB will give me plenty of headroom. My first thought is to setup a three drive system using software RAID 1 (mirroring) with Time Machine using the third drive.

I know hardware RAID 1 is faster, but I don't think software RAID 1 will stress my Mac Pro too much. I would like to do this with all drives internal. Will Time Machine support that? If I don't think I am going to come close to filling up the 750GB array, do I really need to get a bigger drive for Time Machine? I am not looking for the highest availability possible or the most data security possible. I just want to make sure that I have a reasonably solid strategy that will keep me up and running through a single drive failure and allow me access to older files that I may have deleted for whatever reason.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Copying Data From Clone Backup To Drive - Permission Differed

Mar 25, 2012

I am copying data from a clone backup to another drive. After the copy I looked at the permissions and they are not the same as the source. When checking the source I do not see permissions for my logged in account. When I look at the destination I see Root has read-write permissions. BTW, I also logged in as root do to the copy because I was getting copy errors.

Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X :: Backing Up System Drive - Time Machine Or Bootable Backup

Mar 11, 2010

I am going to backup the main system drive though. I'm thinking shall I use Time Machine to back it up or use a 3rd party application to back it up and make it boot-able at the same time?

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PowerPC :: Post Clone Fails To Become Bootable

Dec 6, 2010

I own a PowerMac G4, 1.25GHz. It came with no OS (donated by my local college to my high school and eventually given to me for my services in fixing this and the other 6 PowerMacs, and the 7 iMac G5s), so my IT teacher and I copied OS X 10.4.11 from one like it. That is currently my primary OS. We read online while thinking about upgrading his and mine Apple PCs to 10.5 Leopard, about the system requirements. They all line up [URL]:

- A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or Power PC G4 (867 MHz or faster) processor
- 512 MB memory or more
- A DVD drive for installation
- 9 GB of available disk space or more

With a 1.25GHz PPC, 2Gb of RAM, and an 80Gb Seagate IDE HDD, I'm all set up, right? On Friday, before the end of the day, I copied OS X 10.5.7 Leopard from an iMac G5 w/ G5 iSight (late 2006 model). We plugged it into his iMac G5, runs like a charm. Plug it into the "test" G4 (exactly like mine, but only one Seagate 80Gb IDE HDD), and it took a while, but it booted. So today, I copied it to my blank Seagate 80Gb, assuming that it would boot like the LaCie External HDD did (yes, that worked too).

It finishes copying, I reboot, hold option, punch in the lock code, and Low AND Behold... No Seagate. Mac OS X 10.4.11. But no Mac OS X 10.5.7. Okay. So I boot back to Tiger and recopy. Try to open a couple programs, they work (Office 2008 Word, Dreamweaver CS3, and iTunes 9.2). No problem. Open System Preferences, choose Leopard as the initial boot device, reboot. Mac starts up, and I get the screen with the little folder that alternates between the question mark and the Finder icon.

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OS X Mavericks :: Create A Bootable Clone Using Disk Utility

Aug 22, 2014

Tried to create a bootable clone using Disk Utility & got this:“Restore Failure, Recovery partition restores can only be done on GPT partition maps.”I may need to purchase Carbon Copy Cloner ($40) or Super Duper ($28).I had been using my free CCC v. 3.4.7 to make clones of OS X 10.6.8 but now I upgraded to OS X 10.9.4 & got message that CCC not compatible with Mavericks unless I buy the CCC v. 3.5.6.I read several places that DU can do back up clones same as CCC or SD!I launched DU from recovery system, selected Mac HD as source & my XHD as destination. Both are formatted Max OS Extended (Journaled)So, what am I doing wrong?Also, what advantages, if any, are there in using CCC or SD instead of the free DU?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), 4 GB RAM, Win XP Pro-Boot Camp

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Dec 31, 2009

I'm just curious as to what everyone's backup strategy for Windows is? I've been exploring the options of the Windows XP Backup utility, but I also like being able to have a entire disk image with Winclone. However there's no way to back up incrementally with Winclone. I'm sort of mum on both options, or would like to know if there's a better option? So what have the other Boot Camp participants been doing for a Windows backup?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Way To Make A Backup Of Time Machine Backup On A 2nd Hard Drive?

Mar 9, 2012

Is there a way to make a backup of your Time Machine backup on a 2nd hard drive? I want to be doubly sure that my data is backed up!Right now I get an error saying that the second hard drive isn't authorized to copy my Time Machine data from the original hard drive I have set up as my Time Machine.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Create A Virtualbox Bootable Image File From A Bootable Usb Flash Drive

Jun 1, 2012

I created a bootable usb drive on a windows pc using windows 7 to install windows 8 preview and want to make a copy to install in virtualbox on my imac and burn to a dvd that will work on pc. 

I've tried using disk utility to create an image and get a file ESD-USB.dmg, but virtualbox won't boot a dmg file. 

I tried converting it in the terminal with: 

hdiutil convert -format UDRO -o windows8.iso ESD-USB.dmg 

but the resulting file was windows8.iso.dmg. I changed the name to windows8.iso, but even so, virtualbox complains it's unbootable. 

I tried the terminal command: 

dd if=/dev/disk4 of=windows8.iso 

but virtualbox complained that it's not bootable. 

I tried the terminal command: 

cat /dev/disk4 > windows8.iso 

but virtualbox complained that it's not bootable. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Backup With Partial Internal Drive

Nov 3, 2010

I am planning to change my current HDD drive with new intel SSD, so I need to back up all the files on my current disk. The capacity of my current HDD is 320GB, so I made an equal partition, 160GB-160GB. Since there's just 120GB occupied in my HDD, I assume I can back up it with the alternative partial 160GB, sounds feasible? Another problem, after replacing it with SSD, should I just make the internal HDD external, and plug it to the macbook pro using USB to install all the OS and files?

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MacBook Pro :: Remove The Backup From Internal Hard Drive?

Apr 28, 2012

I currently have about 143 Gb of memory taken up on my internal hard drive as Backup.  

At least this is what I see when I go to About This Mac / Storage 

I have an external back up drive so really need to free up that area of the disc... 

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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