Tech Drive Cloning

In my previous article I described the process of moving from an old spinning Tech Drive to a new Tech Drive using a SSD. Today I just wanted to further expand on that process by describing the cloning of the partitions from the old to the new.


The Partitions

Before beginning this cloning process I partitioned my new SSD Tech Drive using the Disk Utility app. People have complained about the stripped down nature of the El Capitan version of Disk Utility, but partitioning works great. It was quite easy to do.

With the exception of the actual Tech partition (66GB) I made all the OS X installer partitions 10GB each. That is plenty of room to hold any version (currently) of OS X. After I created all the partitions I was ready to do the cloning. I chose Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) for this purpose, a great app, very versatile.

The Cloning

Here is the main window of CCC with my first clone of the Tech partition which contains all my OS X troubleshooting and repair apps:

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All you have to do is create a new Task (upper left corner of sidebar) and name it. Then set up the task by dragging the old partitions into the left source box and the new partitions in the right destination box. You cannot see it in this screenshot, all the partitions from both drives are listed in the left sidebar. Of course, both drives are mounted on your Desktop.

If you look at the center of the above window, just below “Destination” you will see “SafeNet”. This feature in CCC saves items that are deleted during a clone in case you wish to revert back at some later time. This was not needed for a straight “Traditional” clone so I turned it off.

Once you hit the “Clone” button you will receive this message:

No big deal, there is nothing on the new partition so just click “Continue”. CCC asks if you wish to make a Recovery Partition. In the case of the Tech Drive I did make a Recovery Partition because I may need to boot from it and/or recover it at some stage, didn’t need a Recovery Partition on the installers:

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If you do elect to have a Recovery Partition then CCC presents this window while creating it:

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Once it is finished with that then it does the actual clone.

I did this for each partition from the old Tech Drive to the new Tech Drive. It was a great opportunity to free up some of the wasted space on the old drive and just generally create a new, efficient Tech Drive that is very fast. Each clone did not take very long either.


There are other programs that could do this cloning, but Carbon Copy Cloner handled things seamlessly. If you are in the market for a Tech Drive or are needing to upgrade a Tech Drive you might try this method using Carbon Copy Cloner.