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Harris Miller Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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Jun 6, 2012 2:58 PM

Can I clone my boot hard drive, using super dooper, from my desktop mac pro to my macbook pro?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 8 gig, & macbook pro 15 inch
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:03 PM (in response to Harris Miller)

    Yes.  10.7.4 is a reference release that operates all current Macs (capable of running Lion).

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to Harris Miller)

    Yes, but I would not use SuperDuper! Either use Disk Utility (preferred) or Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.5.

     

    Connect the two computers by Firewire 800 cable. Use Target Disk Mode - Transferring files between two computers using FireWire. Boot the Destination computer into Target Disk Mode. Boot the Source computer to the Recovery HD. Use the Restore option of Disk Utility to clone.

     

    Clone 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 button.
    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 Destination computer (the one in Target Disk Mode.) Source means the Source computer.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:14 PM (in response to Kappy)

    +! on not using SuperDuper. It does not preserve and transfer the crucial Lion Recovery Partition that can save your azz in many a pickle, especially in a mobile platform.

     

    BTW, have done both CCC and DU. CCC is scads faster than DU....

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to Courcoul)

    For a couple of reasons. DU clones both the Lion and Recovery HD partitions automatically. Secondly, DU makes a separate full checksum verification pass. It is slower, but also much safer.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:22 PM (in response to Harris Miller)

    Can I clone my boot hard drive....from my desktop mac pro to my macbook pro?

     

    Typically it's NOT a good idea to use a clone on anything but the same machine it's cloned from or a exact duplicate model.

     

    There are some instances where one can switch hardware, as the OS X version has all the drivers installed for the target hardware.

     

    For instance if OS X on the MacPro was upgraded from 10.6 to 10.7 it would contain the hardware drivers for machines capable of running 10.7 before it was released, but perhaps not for hardware after 10.7 was released.

     

    If the MacPro came factory installed with 10.7, it might NOT contain the hardware drivers for the MacBook Pro, why bother to install those right?

     

     

     

     

    You can test this out, by trying to boot the MacPro clone from the MacBook Pro by holding the option key while booting, it will choke if doesn't work.

     

     

     

    You most certainly can Migrate Assistant from 10.6 to 10.7 and 10.7 to 10.7, (but not 10.7 to 10.6) using the clone, which I suggest rather than cloning.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:24 PM (in response to Harris Miller)

    That's precisely what cloning does. It's just a matter of what utility you use - SuperDuper!, Disk Utility, or Carbon Copy Cloner. The end results are the same.

     

    My recommendation is to use Disk Utility. However, I have no problem with using Carbon Copy Cloner. I would not use SuperDuper! because it has never been upgraded for use with Lion and cannot clone the Recovery HD.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:26 PM (in response to Harris Miller)

    What are the operating system versions on these two machines and what are their model numbers?

     

     

    (About this Mac> more info > MacBook Pro 8,3 or MacPro 4,2 etc)

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to Harris Miller)

    If you are moving from different architectures (Mac Pro to MBP), at least I'd suggest reapplying the latest 10.7.4 Combo Update patch, to ensure that the latest model-specific drivers, etc., are installed.

     

    If both Macs already have the desired OS, migrating is indeed much safer and probably quicker. If it is the first time the newer Mac is started, Setup Assistant will be running, will do the same as Migration Assistant, without duplicating or creating more user accounts.

  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to ds store)

    10.7.2 through 10.7.4 are reference releases and can be cloned to any Lion capable Mac as of this date. (Not future models)

     

    10.7.0 is not a reference release as the 2011 MBair and Mac Minis required a special hardware build.

    10.7.1 is not a reference release as the 2011 MBair and Mac Minis required a special hardware build.

     

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4178?viewlocale=en_US

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Kappy wrote:


    DU makes a separate full checksum verification pass. It is slower, but also much safer.

     

    So does CCC if it's enabled.

     

    Screen shot 2012-06-06 at 6.27.56 PM.jpg

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to ds store)

    How is this even relevant if the OP is cloning Lion 10.7.4?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to ds store)

    Much of this is not really relevant or not entirely correct. All that is needed is to state:

     

    You cannot install a version of OS X that is earlier than the version of OS X that was originally installed on the computer when it was new.

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