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Cloning my hard drive
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Dec 29, 2006, 03:42 PM
 
It's brain transplant time. I am very apprehensive about Cloning my 30 Gb hard drive to a new 120 Gb , using Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3 ( OS-X 10.4.8 on a Sawtooth G4 ). I'm working up the nerve to do so after the new year. I need a bigger system drive ! The plan is to clone everything over to the new drive ( a Seagate 7200.9 ) , then move and rename that drive the same as the "old" drive to use as the new boot drive. The existing 2nd drive , an 80 GB drive from my G3 days , will be reinstalled as a slave just like it is now.

What are other's experiences with this Carbon Copy Cloning procedure ? I'll probably only do this once in my entire Mac life and want to do it right...
     
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Dec 29, 2006, 03:46 PM
 
Just use Disk Utility's Restore function. It's much faster and simple to use.
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Dec 29, 2006, 04:09 PM
 
I use Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3 regularly with OS 10.4.8 on my G4 PB and G3 Pismo, and it works perfectly. You can use disk utility as well, although some have had minor issues with disk utility like hidden files no longer staying hidden.

With Carbon Copy Cloner:
•Choose source disk
•Choose destination disk
•Check preference for "make bootable"
•Click on the lock to authenticate with your admin password
•Click clone and wait for it to complete.
     
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Dec 29, 2006, 05:50 PM
 
Disk Utility in the early days of 10.4 had a problem with not always keeping hidden files hidden on the target disk but that has long been fixed.

Carbon Copy Cloner is a good and reliable program but it's a lot slower than Disk Utility since it relies solely on file copies instead of block copies.
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Dec 29, 2006, 06:11 PM
 
Would disk utlity work on the windows partition, you think?
     
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Dec 29, 2006, 06:20 PM
 
Originally Posted by Blasphemy View Post
Would disk utlity work on the windows partition, you think?
NTFS definitely not. Fat32 I'm not sure about. Never tried it myself.
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Dec 29, 2006, 06:53 PM
 
I use SuperDuper w/ no problems. it's quick and painless.
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Dec 29, 2006, 07:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by NickelLessNick View Post
I use SuperDuper w/ no problems. it's quick and painless.
Me2! IMHO, SD is alot faster than CCC, although the end result is the same

I have used both notta problemo. Just be sure to repair permissions, verify the drive, and delete any unwanted files BEFORE cloning it, as any buggered stuff will survive the cloning and get transferred to your new HD
Personally I find it hilarious that you have the hots for my gramma. Especially seeins how she is 3x your age, and makes your Brittney-Spears-wannabe 30-something wife look like a rag doll who went thru WWIII with a burning stick of dynamite up her a** :)
     
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Dec 29, 2006, 11:47 PM
 
CCC worked great when i cloned a firewire drive to an external USB 2.0 Drive
     
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Dec 30, 2006, 05:45 AM
 
edit: oh well, another folks gave advice about SuperDuper while I had the 'post reply' window opened and was reading some other topics… let me add a link to SuperDuper's website…
SuperDuper!
( Last edited by angelmb; Dec 30, 2006 at 05:48 AM. Reason: to avoid redundancy)
     
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Jan 3, 2007, 01:29 PM
 
SuperDuper.
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Jan 3, 2007, 07:22 PM
 
One difference between SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner
when it comes to basic cloning appears to concern metadata.
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Jan 4, 2007, 06:57 PM
 
Original poster here ...Dewd

I just successfully cloned my 25 Gb drive to the new 128 Gb replacement ..BUT

Carbon Copy Cloner v2.3 , my first choice, couldn't get to the end of the Cloning process.
However, SuperDuper had no problems and by the way is MUCH faster ( 48 minutes for 20 Gb vs.1hr20 before CCC hung ) . CCC hung up trying to write a directory called " private" and went nowhere affter an hour, so I dumped it, reformatted, and used SuperDuper instead.

All appears to be well with new drive, now renamed to match old drive , although the machiune had no trouble finding an OS-X system to boot from when Ir ealized I'd forgotten to put the Tiger DVD in the drive .

Bottom line: No doubt about which of the two utilities to go with for hard drive cloning. SuperDuper wins.

CCC is more than three years old and seems to have issues with Tiger ; SuperDuper is very up to date ( even works with Mactel machines) and is a breeze to use. CCC is for geeks.

Thanks for your feedback

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