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Clone Problems - reload to internal drive, unbootable

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CroMagnum Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Mar 30, 2012 4:53 AM

Made a few missteps while cloning my drive to an external destination.

I need to get my internal drive reloaded. Preferrably with a clone BACK.


I keep getting kernel panics & cannot boot from what I have managed to clone back.


Looking for insights.



  1. cloned my drive (formatted SL X.6.8) to an external USB (yes, its a tad slow) in order to test drive my applications on Lion.
    This was done using Intego's Personal Backup. The backup wound up being unjournaled.

  2. Made a stupid mistake allowing the internal drive to be optimized by TechTool (it was journaled).
    I assume this could be the first cause of my problem.

  3. Since that internal partition would not boot any longer & the icon would not show, I used Disk Utility to repair the volume.
    The volume is a partition on my internal drive. The second partition is formatted for Windows. that's intact.
    After repairing, the icon is back.

  4. Apparently you can only back up Time Machine back to the original drive FROM the original drive (?). Although
    I am not very recent in Time Machine backups, having turned it off a few weeks ago anyway.

  5. I then tried to clone BACK to the internal using CCC. It seems to have put the folders back.
    On start up I have the options of External clone (not the actual name), Windows partition, or "EFI" which may not be the
    internal, rather a TechTool Boot of some sort.

  6. I'm going to try & retrace the same step - of clearing that internal partition & try to load a clone from the external clone one more time,
    to see if it becomes bootable.

I'm hoping not to have to reload from my install disk from scratch.
Any ideas?

Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    You made a **** of a mess.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Data Rescue on whatever you got, pick through the pieces and rebuild your boot drive from scratch.


    New copy of OS X, Bootcamp, programs and a same named user, return what files you got recovered and erase the rest, consider it a lesson about overcomplicating things.


    TimeMachine works with TimeMachine/Migration Asisistant, clones work with cloning although one can use Migration Assistant on a clone, Bootcamp Windows is in it's own universe with Winclone, don't mess with or between one another, surely not on the originals.


    Apple is not working with Microsoft, cloning software is not working with Apple or Microsoft, Integro isn't working with anyone, everything is a kludge, there are different drive formats, partition maps and copy protection schemes, Apple even shoehorns Windows onto a Mac with a Hybrid MBR!


    You have to know what you can use and where one ends and the other begins.


    Good Luck

  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,570 points)

    Yes - I'm beginning to think that to qualify to move to a higher level in the Apple Discussions Forums, the more dismissive, rude, and unhelpful you have to be.


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