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Just purchased a brand new mac and want to backup operating system to flash drive

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Hey everyone, I just took the plunge and got my first mac! I am wanting to backup the operating system onto a flash drive before I really get into using the computer in case anything happens (I tend to have bad luck) anyone know how to do this on a new computer? I go to the app store and it shows I would need to purchase mountain lion to do it that way, and I don't see a way to do it from the system. Anybody know of a good way?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Brand New!
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    I'll do you one better ... a way to "clone" your current ISX install with all installed applications and data.


    CarbonCopyClone (a $40 download from  It will copy your Recovery Partition and main partition onto an external drive that can be used to run your system if the main drive becomes dead or just not accessible.


    Some backup methods reading:

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)

    You will need a 32 GB flash drive to do this:


    Clone Lion/Mountain Lion using Restore Option of Disk Utility


    Boot to the Recovery HD:


    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.


         1. Select Disk Utility from the main menu then press the Continue


         2. Select the destination volume from the left side list.

         3. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.

         4. Check the box labeled Erase destination.

         5. Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag it

             to the Destination entry field.

         6. Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to

             the Source entry field.

         7. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.


    Destination means the flash drive. Source means the internal startup drive.


    Note that you don't need the backup because Mountain Lion can be reinstalled directly from the Internet using Internet Recovery.


    OS X (Lion/Mountain Lion)- About OS X Recovery


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