View Full Version : Cloning Mac OSX 10.4.9 SATA HDD

07-06-2009, 10:30 PM
I have been trying to clone a Mac OSX 10.4.9 SATA hard drive to an external drive without much success.

Initially, I tried to clone it to an external USB drive, but I have since learnt that only Intel Macs can boot off external USB drive, PowerPC Mac can only boot off Firewire drives.

Anyway, I managed to find a firewire drive so I booted off the OSX install CD, went to Disk Utility and tried to create an image of the boot drive, but it wouldn't work. Can't remember the message now though.

What is the recommeded method to clone your boot drive, so you can boot off the clone if the internal SATA drive dies??

07-06-2009, 11:10 PM
Can't remember the keys to hold down to choose boot device. I now holding the c key down will boot from CD.

This is what I use for imaging Macs.


07-06-2009, 11:10 PM
Welcome to PF1 - Cloning the drive is not the problem - what may be is if the Motherboard is capable of booting from an external drive in the first place - not all boards can do this.

See if this article (http://www.techtalkpoint.com/articles/booting-your-apple-mac-troubleshooting-startup-problems/) gives you any help.

07-06-2009, 11:33 PM

09-06-2009, 09:47 PM
Coming a bit late to this...
Carbon copy cloner works extremely well. I use a cloned drive to test software and its easy to switch between the two.

After you install the new drive, open Disk Utility on your current drive and use that to format the new drive. There's really no need to partition a drive when using OS X.

After it's formatted, use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your current drive to the new drive. This will make an exact clone. In OS X you can't just drag and drop because there are thousands of invisible files. When using Carbob Copy Cloner, make sure you check "Make Bootable".

You can get CCC here;


Once you're done, go to the Startup PreferencePane in the System Preferences and choose the new disk. Then it will be your startup and main disk.

11-06-2009, 12:04 AM
Thank you for all your suggestions. I will give it a go sometime next week, will report back with results.

11-06-2009, 10:45 AM
Yes 2nd for Carbon Copy. Have used both Carbon Copy and Superduper but in my earlier post I should haver had Carbon Copy for cloning and Superduper for running backups

26-06-2009, 10:04 AM
I've finally managed to get back to this couple of days ago. Downloaded SuperDuper and it cloned the drive very quickly. Tested booting from the firewire drive, all worked fine. :-)

Will give Carbon Copy a go another time.