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How do I image my startup drive in Mountain Lion

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Nov 27, 2012 8:19 PM

I've maxed out the capacity of my current startup disc (250 GB w/ only 3 GB left). I've just purchased a 2TB replacement and would like to know the safest and easiest way to minimize the loss of my current settings and software on my current startup disc. Is it really as simple as using the Disk Utility and choosing the Add Image icon at the top of the window? (It would be great if it was infact true, but I have my doubts.)


Any insight, guidance, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Never mind. I found my answer. I need a cloner software package like Carbon Copy Cloner to get the job done.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to RUNYYFan)

    Not only that, but it is better to clone the system to one drive, data to another, leave what you have as is for backup safety.


    And never run it into the 15% free or less area. So 200GB used IS or would be "full."


    I'd pick up a WD 250GB $100 10K VelociRaptor for the system.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 6:17 AM (in response to RUNYYFan)

    Wow, that is one large full system. Rare unless you have the kitchen sink, and X-Plane (60GB).


    WD does have 500GB 10K VR for $135, very nice. I aim for at least 50% free on system drive.


    CCC makes it easy to "pull" and selectively copy folders, should it be necessary.


    If you do use 2TB for system, I would "short stroke" partition it to allocate 600GB for system and leave the rest as unused.


    I read that even with 48GB RAM that Photoshop will still always use disk space for scratch when it works, can't be totally avoided - and helps to have something fast and independent. Not sure if writes are improved and faster now, was always an issue with saves taking too long on larger files.


    Considering how old it was when 250GB drives were in use, it would seem like you have not cloned or cleaned up let alone rebuild from ground up... in a few OS cycles - I go for clone 2x a year with full reformats and such, and new system drive probably yearly.


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