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Hi,

I'm about to upgrade my boot up disk on my Mac Pro from 250G to 750G. I want the exact same startup volume on the new drive -- what is the best way and/or software to transfer my drive from one to the other (I have 4 bays, so physically it's not an issue). I've been told that SuperDuper! is good software to clone one drive to another.

Does anyone have input on this, or other software they recommend.

Thanks for the help!
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The best way is to clone your system disk to the new system disk using one of these applications:

Download SuperDuper! for Mac - Advanced disk cloning/recovery utility. MacUpdate.com!
Download Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac - Easy-to-use backup/cloning utility. MacUpdate.com

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Thanks for your help. I just had someone else recommend Carbon Copy Cloner, too. Do you have a preference as to which is better?

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I have used both and they seem to work well. Even the free version of SuperDuper will clone the drive so you've got nothing much to loose by downloading both and seeing which you prefer.

I think I have read something recently where cloning does not copy the Lion recovery partition. I'll see if I can find that again.

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I used CCC last night, and everything seems good. Thanks for all your help
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Glad to hear it. One suggestion used on personal experience. No matter what program you use to clone your drive boot from the clone at least once and check to make sure things are working properly.

I did a clone of my Mac Pro once and did not test it. When something went wrong and I needed the clone it got as far as the login window but would not take the password. It has only happened once but taught me a lesson.

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