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MacBook Pro: howto recover, re-image?

Posted on 2013-11-16
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I ll buy a Mc Book Pro very soon.
As a Wondows guy, first thing on a Windows I do is backing up with Acronis True Image. This way I can go back to a self defined state/snapshot anytime. How does that work on a Mac?

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by:Alan Henderson
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One big plus for the Mac is Time Machine which is built into OS X:
You can use it to revert to any previous state just like imaging.

You do need a separate HDD or partition.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427
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Or you can use Carbon Copy Cloner, to image the complete drive:

http://www.bombich.com

CCC will image a running drive that you are booted from.

OS X comes with built-in imaging software, Disk Utility, but you have to be booted from a different partition to use it.

All new Macs come with a separate recovery partition which can be reached by booting while holding down Command-R. You can then use Disk Utility while booted from the recovery partition to image the main partition to an external USB drive, which will then be bootable.
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by:janhoedt
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Timemachine looks like windows restore points to me (which never work). I prefer an image like backup and restore.

So the disk utility does this imaging/recovery?
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by:strung
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Yes. Either Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner.
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by:serialband
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You could also go command line and use the unix dd command.  It's fully explained on stackexchange.

http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/46253/what-is-the-best-way-to-clone-a-disk-between-two-macs
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