Skip navigation

How to clone your old hard drive to a new hard drive / ssd

383 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2013 3:59 PM by eran788 RSS
eran788 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Feb 28, 2013 3:02 PM

How to clone your old hard drive to a new hard drive / ssd?

Mac Pro (Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    You can just drag and drop all your files to the new drive.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,180 points)

    You can just drag and drop all YOUR files to the new drive.

    That is correct as far as it goes.

     

    What you cannot drag and drop is the other files that are at top-level on the Boot Drive, most of which are required for Booting. All except the middle group with familiar names:

     

    drwxrwxr-x   30 root  admin         1088 Feb 28 14:52 .

    drwxrwxr-x   30 root  admin         1088 Feb 28 14:52 ..

    -rw-rw-r--    1 root  admin        12292 Feb 28 13:04 .DS_Store

    drwx------    3 root  grownups       102 Feb 27 23:40 .Spotlight-V100

    d-wx-wx-wt    3 root  grownups       102 Feb 28 14:35 .Trashes

    ----------    1 root  admin            0 Feb 10  2010 .file

    drwx------  375 root  grownups     12750 Feb 28 17:57 .fseventsd

    -rw-------    1 root  wheel        65536 Feb 28 00:53 .hotfiles.btree

    drwxr-xr-x@   2 root  wheel           68 May 18  2009 .vol

     

    drwxrwxr-x+  58 root  admin         1972 Feb 28 13:37 Applications

    drwxrwxr-x@  16 root  admin          544 Feb 28 14:53 Developer

    drwxrwxr-t+  56 root  admin         1904 Feb 28 14:33 Library

    drwxr-xr-x@   3 root  wheel          102 Feb 28 14:35 Network

    drwxr-xr-x    4 root  wheel          136 Feb 28 10:52 System

    drwxr-xr-x    6 root  admin          204 Feb 28 14:33 Users

     

    drwxrwxrwt@   7 root  admin          238 Feb 28 15:06 Volumes

    drwxr-xr-x@  39 root  wheel         1326 Feb 28 11:06 bin

    drwxrwxr-t@   2 root  admin           68 Feb 10  2010 cores

    dr-xr-xr-x    3 root  wheel         4378 Feb 28 14:34 dev

    lrwxr-xr-x@   1 root  wheel           11 Feb 28 00:43 etc -> private/etc

    dr-xr-xr-x    2 root  wheel            1 Feb 28 14:35 home

    -rw-r--r--@   1 root  wheel     20828964 Jun  7  2011 mach_kernel

    dr-xr-xr-x    2 root  wheel            1 Feb 28 14:35 net

    drwxr-xr-x@   6 root  wheel          204 Feb 28 00:46 private

    drwxr-xr-x@  67 root  wheel         2278 Feb 28 11:06 sbin

    lrwxr-xr-x@   1 root  wheel           11 Feb 28 00:43 tmp -> private/tmp

    drwxr-xr-x@  13 root  wheel          442 Feb 28 14:56 usr

    lrwxr-xr-x@   1 root  wheel           11 Feb 28 00:43 var -> private/var

    Because of these other files, there are two common methods for replicating a Boot Drive:

     

    1) Disk Utility, using the "Recovery" pane  [read: Volume copy] _AND_

    2) third-party cloning using CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper! (low-cost Utilities)

     

    Another free alternative is to install your System anew on the new drive.

     

    .

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.