Clone bootable Apple Mac Hard Drive from Disk Utility Mac OS Sierra 2017

In this video learn how to clone your internal apple mac hard drive to an external thunderbolt , usb or ssd hard drive and boot from it. Also make it time machine backup drive using the disk utility and time machine . This is a free solution out of the box from mac os sierra 2017 .

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  1. Collin Coutinho says:

    No worries Bro… commendable effort though.. truly appreciated..

  2. Collin Coutinho says:

    cant see anything bro on the screen..

  3. ac3df says:

    Thank you so much for this video!!! This was perfect from beginning to end thank you for showing all the steps! I did run into an issue, I did not see it listed here but in case anyone else runs into it I put the details on how to solve it. If you run into an issue where it says:
    Could not recognize /Dev/(null) as an image file.
    Could Not Get source volume name.
    Operation failed

    I found a solution in case anyone else runs into this (first 3 steps can probably be skipped if you're already following the video):
    1. Turn off your computer
    2. Turn on, and immediately click "command" + "R"
    3. Choose Disk Utility once OS X Utilites pops up
    4. Select the greyed out drive of yours, usually under the Internal memory section
    5. Then Select File> Mount
    6. It will prompt a screen to enter your password
    7. Enter your password and then it should be unlocked


  4. Graham WHITTINGTON says:

    Hi great video. Will this work with El Capitan. Cheers


    This was so awesome and useful. All the time I spent trying to use super duper and Carbon copy cloner and My guy here uses just disk utility and shows me how to get the job DONE. THANK YOU sir!

  6. KW Loh says:

    Came across this article, which provides a written explanation of this disk utility cloning method, This method may not clone the recovery partition volume. To my knowledge, carbon copy cloner does clone the RPV.

  7. Fortree Eclat says:

    Very clear and informative presentation. Thank you for uploading.
    Just a question – if there is also a BootCamp partition on the internal hard drive, when it is cloned, will the BootCamp hard drive that contains a Windows OS be cloned into the external hard drive also, especially when it is on Timeline and the BootCamp is Windows is in used ?
    I suspect I already know the answer, but just want a confirmation. Many thanks

  8. Chris Acuña says:

    Can you do it with a SSD installed in a second hdd caddy?

  9. KW Loh says:

    Very informative, useful and clearly explained video on how to clone a Mac HD without having to buy backup software such as CCC or super duper. This video will no doubt benefit many Mac users. The part that is novel is the backup combined the clone of the original Mac HD and the time machine. But I am confused about the time machine part. If u have time to answer the following questions, I would greatly appreciated.

    1) does the backup Lacie HD has two partitions, one is for the clone of the original Mac HD and one is for time machine backup and the two partitions have no relationship to each other? OR u had succeeded in creating a bootable time machine in a single partition?

    2) If the two partitions are independent, then the storage requirement for the external HD will be the the sum of the requirements for cloning and backing up with time machine, yes? If the answer is "yes", then it will requires a lot of storage to support both.

    3) have u ever restarted ur Mac using the cloned external Lacie HD containing an image of the original Mac HD and time machine? If so, what happened?

    4) if u had succeeded in creating a bootable time machine, after a month, does it restart with time machine at day 0 or at day 30?

    5) does the Lacie d2 internally contains two hard drives, arranged in RAID 0 configuration? I read it somewhere that Mac does not support RAID 0 and thus can not be used as a bootable internal or external drive. Is this true? Perhaps, there is problem in creating the so called partition table. If this is true, then the glyph atom RAID SSD, can not be used as a bootable external drive. Yes?

  10. niclema says:

    Great video!

  11. joe hernandez says:

    Dear Geek, I love your demos. You are generous. Thank you for sharing. But!! Please stop sharing a endless list of opinions and irrelevant stories. We do not need to know WHY you do it. Just . . . do it. You are a good giving person. We want to "see" more of you. We would like very much like to hear much less of you. Do more. Talk less.

  12. Smece1 says:

    No dock?

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  14. BigDaddyLinux says:

    This is a great video for anybody looking to add themes and customize their system.
    You could always add this to make it perfect
    Thanks man

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