Computer back up advice is often accompanied by the suggestion to clone your main drive in addition to daily incremental back up. We here at Unplggd have also suggested cloning as a necessary part of any back up program. The common advice to is to use a program like CarbonCopy when the built in Disk Utility will clone a hard drive just fine.
Disk Utility makes is extremely easy to clone a hard drive.
- Format Your Destination Drive: Plug in your disk to your computer and open up Disk Utility. Select the erase tab and and format your hard drive into a partition large enough to hold your data.
- Use the Restore Function to Clone: You will want to drag your main disk from your desktop to the source space. Then select your newly formatted disk as the destination, also make sure to deselect the erase destination check box below the destination space.
- Bootup the Cloned Drive: With your newly cloned harddrive reboot your mac and hold down option. This will bring up the boot manager allowing you to select your newly cloned drive. If everything boots normally and function then your drive is properly cloned.