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    How to clone?
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    How to clone?
    Hi there, i'm having trouble figuring out how to clone my mac.

    i'd like to mac a copy of it and put it on an external before i update to lion.
    Pro tools (ie. my livelihood) is notoriously bad for keeping up with apples OS updates and their updates usually come month(s) after. So my solution to this was maybe i could put my mac as is on an external and that way when i need to use pro tools i can boot form that external and use snow leopard.

    and then when lion comes out i can just use my mac unitl pro tools gets updated.

    willt his work? if so, how would i go about copying my mac as is now to a external

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    How to clone?
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    SuperDuper!
    or
    Carbon Copy Cloner

    Both free. It's really easy and I've used SD! for a while now with no issues. External must be formatted as HFS+ using Disk Utility.
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    How to clone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MYmacROX View Post
    SuperDuper!
    or
    Carbon Copy Cloner

    Both free. It's really easy and I've used SD! for a while now with no issues. External must be formatted as HFS+ using Disk Utility.
    hi! thank you for your post, i'm going to try out using Super Duper right now.

    How can i check if my drive is HFS+? i thought it was but now i'm not sure.

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    How to clone?
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    Go into 'About this Mac', 'More Information', 'Serial-ATA' and look for file system towards the bottom of the entry. As a suggestion buy the registered version of SuperDuper. it is many, many times faster than the free unregistered version, and Smart Backup will do a weekly clone in about four minutes keeping your external disk up to date and bootable.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Well everything worked
    i have a question now.

    do i basically have 2 macs now? the version on the external still has all my old programs i'd like to delte it and only keep my work programs, can i do that?

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    How to clone?
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    Yes. With the external connected, go into Disk Utility on the MBP, select the external drive and hit the 'Erase' button. Then do a Repair Disk to check out the drive. Make sure you have selected the external drive before this will work.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    thanks harry, got a clone on my external now!
    i'm gonna start uninstalling applications and its like i have two macs

    like my personal laptop soon to be on lion with everything on it

    and an external i can boot off of with only work applications on snow leopard

    makes sense right?

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    How to clone?
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    To boot from the external you will need an operating system regardless if it be Lion or Snow Leopard.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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