Connecting two Macs using Thunderbolt
With a bootable clone of your drive, you can boot from your backup in minutes and keep working even if your Mac is having startup problems. We want to make sure backing up is as automatic and as easy as possible, so either program is well worth the investment. Both cloning apps have plenty of fans, so it's really a matter of preference here; both SuperDuper! And Carbon Copy Cloner offer free trials so you can figure out which one you prefer. The examples below use SuperDuper! Here's how to create your bootable, complete backup. After installing and launching the cloning app, you'll need to choose where to store the backup.
In the left drop-down menu, choose your Mac volume to back up.
Then choose the destination volume in the right drop-down menu. You can back up to an external drive, networked computer, or an image file which you can store on a network volume or locally. You can even store both your Time Machine and cloned images on the same drive, but it's best to first partition the drive into two volumes, one for each purpose so that both can manage their allotted backup space.
Personally, I prefer to have both on separate drives, to avoid having all the backups in the same basket.
Choose "Backup-all files" for your complete and bootable backup of your system. Rather, it backs up just the Home directories of the accounts on your computer. If you click the "Options…" button, you'll be able to specify whether you want the computer to repair permissions for your files before cloning them leave unchecked by default and what you want the program to do during the copy process. This will erase the destination volume at the start to ensure the result is an exact copy.
The other options let you do incremental backups which will save you time. You could just hit the "Copy Now" button to create your clone, but, again, because we want to set up automated backups, we'll hit the "Schedule…" button instead. In the scheduling screen, you tell the app when you want the backups to run. After reviewing your choices, click "OK" and you're done. The program will automatically make bootable copies of your Mac on the schedule you chose, deleting older backups on the same drive if you run out of space.
Toggle navigation. You have valuable data residing on your computer From irreplaceable family photos to the presentation you're working on, they all need to be protected. Sharing large files via a physical method such as an USB or portable hard drive can be a time-consuming task for some. Have any other method to easily transfer files between two Macs? Be sure to tell us about it in the comments below.
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That is really a nice share. I guess Gigabit connections should help much more in rapid transfers…. Thank you for the feedback. Yes, gigabit connections indeed do help much more in rapid large file transfers. Skip to content. Is this article useful? What say ye? FYI I just used migration assistant to copy all my stuff off my mac going in for repairs to the screen to a temporary mac.
It did NOT copy everything. I requested everything to be imported to the temporary mac from my complete time machine backup off the original mac and some things were copied and others not. Very weird — even some email accounts and mailboxes and others missed. Some parts of the directory hierarchy copied and some missed and no errors reported!! Anyone else seen this? OSX on both macs is Why is the player in iTunes so awkward to use?
Navigating within the song in particular.
Also the buttons are hard to grab. They have had quite a while to work this out, and I keep hoping with every update it will be easier to use. In the Finder menu bar. Thanks so much for this article. I appreciate your help.
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I disagree with your approach. With most machines coming with 2 TB of disk space, what is 1 GB of useless files going to do. You have to have an external drive now. And the rest will go on the 1tb external. I was tired asking for people on how to setup a new Mac. Here is where I got all my questions answered. The best facilitator I ever met. Thanks for the tips, helpful. So when copying the keychain folder one has to rename the files there. After copy everything on your external drive how do you get it back on the new mac?
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Thanks for your article. I did not copy the contents of the Library folder. Instead I added my e-mail accounts to Mail to get my Mail and Calendar back. I used Kechain iCloud to retrieve all my passwords. When I get my 4th new Mac since those days will probably get it in I want to keep everything from my old computer off it in case there is an undetectable piece of malware on the old machine to see if that disables their ability to spy on me.
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