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  1. How to Clone a Hard Drive
  2. How to Clone a Hard Drive on Windows or Mac | Digital Trends
  3. On the Mac that you wanted to clone
  4. Conclusion

If it isn't, you'll need to free up space on your source drive and shrink the main partition down to fit. You'll probably only need to do this if you're migrating from a hard drive to a smaller SSD—and we have a separate guide on that process here.

How to Clone a Hard Drive

Windows users have lots of great cloning tools available, but we'll be using Macrium Reflect Free. It's free, easy to use, and widely loved by many, so it's hard to go wrong. To install Macrium Reflect, download the "Home Use" installer from this page and start it up. It's just a tiny tool that will download the actual installer for you, based on the type of license you want. Choose the temporary folder for these files—I just put them in my Downloads folder—and click the Download button. Once it's finished, it'll automatically launch the Macrium installation wizard, which you can click right on through—the default options should be fine for our purposes.

You can safely delete all the installer files from your Downloads folder one the wizard has finished.

How to Clone a Hard Drive on Windows or Mac | Digital Trends

Open Macrium Reflect and you'll see a detailed list of the disks connected to your computer. You have two main options: You can directly clone one disk to another, or create an image of a disk.

Cloning allows you to boot from the second disk, which is great for migrating from one drive to another. Imaging, on the other hand, allows you to store as many full, 1-to-1 copies of your source disk as the destination's space will allow, which is useful for backups.

On the other Mac where you want to transfer that clone

Select the disk you want to copy making sure to check the leftmost box if your disk has multiple partitions and click "Clone This Disk" or "Image This Disk. If you're on a Mac, we recommend SuperDuper for all your cloning needs. It's free, it's been around for years, and it's dead simple to use.

Download the app, open the DMG file, and double-click on its icon to install it. Once installed, open SuperDuper and you'll be greeted with its incredibly simple, intuitive interface. In the first menu next to "Copy," select the source disk you want to clone. In the second menu, select the destination disk you're cloning to—this will fully erase the drive in that second menu, so make sure there isn't anything important on it! When you're ready, click the "Copy Now" button.

The process will begin.

Yeah, it's that easy. This may take a while, but when it's done, you have two choices. If you want to replace your Mac's internal drive with the new drive say, if you're migrating to a larger drive , you can open up your Mac and swap those now—then boot up as normal. If you want to boot your cloned drive from USB, you can hold the Option key as your Mac starts up and select it from the boot list. Your cloned drive will be in the exact state your computer was during the cloning process, and you can continue working without skipping a beat. Whitson Gordon is a writer, gamer, and tech nerd who has been building PCs for 10 years.

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On the Mac that you wanted to clone

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Notice also that if you hover the cursor over a particular drive that CCC will share some stats about that particular drive. Same process lets me choose the Destination drive, leaving me here:. Before you proceed it is vitally important that you double and triple check you have selected the correct drives for source and destination!! Once the copy starts, you could lose massive amounts of data on the destination drive. All set up properly? It compares source and destination, which is easy since the destination drive is completely empty.

Much time passes and…. A long while. In fact, I gave up on the process and left it running while I headed off to a meeting.

Conclusion

Hours and hours later, when I returned, it had succeeded at the copy and was sitting at this prompt:. You can read the small print: Hope that helps you get your new drive cloned perfectly so you can use it as an emergency backup! Oh, and a handy tip: Your email address will not be published. Never miss a single article, review or tutorial here on AskDaveTaylor, sign up for my fun weekly newsletter!

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