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Clone new HD to install in MacBook Pro 08 Dec 2018 18:51 #10467

I have a factory/Apple 750Gb HD in my late 2011 Macbook Pro. I want to install a new 1TB SSD HD. Can I use the clone settings to duplicate the current HD to the SSD (I have an external housing to mount the SSD in for the transfer)? I figure that all I'll have to do then is swap out the HDs and away I go?
running High Sierra 10.13.6 and TTP 10.1.2
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Clone new HD to install in MacBook Pro 08 Dec 2018 19:07 #10468

The cloning tools are intended to allow copying data from one volume to another, but it is preferable not to use them to try to create bootable copies of bootable volumes. For that, I would suggest that you use either Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper! A bootable volume is not simply a collection of files on a volume. Several commands must be run to make the collection of files be recognized by the operating system as a bootable volume.

There are files that Apple recommends for exclusion from a bootable copy of a bootable volume. These files are excluded by both Carbon Copy Cloner and Super Duper!. Bombich has a list of these excluded files on their Website, while Super Duper’s log shows the exclusions each time the program makes a backup of a bootable volume.


The File Cloning tool can be used to copy files from one volume used to store files to another. It copies at the file level, and updates the disk directory of the destination volume as files are copied to it.

The Volume Cloning tool copies all of the bits from the source volume to the destination volume, including the disk directory and any errors it contains, and the data in the free space that is not currently part of a file. Because it copies all of the bits on the source volume to the destination volume, the destination volume must be equal to or greater in size than the source volume. Only if the two volumes are precisely equal in size can you use this tool to copy files from volume A to volume B, and then from volume B back to volume A. The advantage of this tool is that because it copies bits, it is faster than copying files.
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Last Edit: 08 Dec 2018 19:28 by micromattech3.
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Clone new HD to install in MacBook Pro 09 Dec 2018 21:58 #10469

I use SuperDuper! for my backups, and can attest to what micromattech states. Also, when you swap up the 2 devices, you can use that 750 Gig drive as an external device. However, if it's a 5400 rpm drive, that will be rather slow. According to this:

everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/s...underbolt-specs.html

the upgrade to a 750 gig drive is either for a 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm HDD.
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