Software to clone an entire Macbook drive to image

DeaconFrost

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I have a user in from a remote office. Their Macbook Pro is on the FAA ban list. We're giving them a temporary laptop for now. Our local Apple Store claims it will take 2 weeks to get the repaired Macbook back. We're trying to clone the hard drive (OSX/Windows) to an image file and restore it another MacBook that's not on the list. Any recommendations on how to do this?

As another fun caveat, the source drive is 1 TB while the destination drive will be 500 GB. So far, I've tried cloning only the Windows partition using Acronis. I can create the image, but when I try restoring the image, Acronis hangs when trying to pick the destination drive.
 

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I've done this before from a terminal in recovery mode. Connect the new MBP as a network drive using thunderbolt cable, mount its disk, and copy the old MBP's hard drive onto the new MBP using dd. Be sure to copy the entire drive, not just one partition.

This will copy OS X, Windows, recovery partition, everything - perfectly identical bits on both drives. You might need to reactivate Windows.

edit: this may fail to work if your target HDD is of a different size. I'm not sure whether there's an easy way to do that or not - when I needed to do it both drives were identical.
 

DSee

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Unfortunately imaging is not possible with the T2 chip and APFS.Looks into DEP + MDM and workflows
Good read at: ismacimagingdead.com
 

Kardonxt

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Can you just make a time machine backup and restore it to the other mac? Or just use the Mac migration assistant? I think SuperDuper supports APFS as well. Not sure if either of these support the bootcamp partition but worth a shot.
 

westrock2000

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I'm sure your work user is long gone, but all Apple's install basically the exact same operating system (drivers, etc). So you can do a fresh install, and then recover from a Time Machine save and the new computer will come up exactly like whatever the Time Machine came from. It's pretty cool, compared to how crazy the PC world is. In fact, the whole install & recover side of Apple is heavenly compared to Windows.
 

Brian_B

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Honestly your best bet is to use Time Machine. Let it image the drive and restore to new machine. It won't care at all about the mismatch in drive sizes.

Carbon Copy Cloner if your still absolutely dead set on trying to "clone".
 

Shoganai

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i think i used disc utility to make a clone of my mac drive a while back. i used carbon copy cloner before that but i don't think it's free anymore. anyway, the method i used was similar to the one in this link.

https://www.lifewire.com/use-disk-utility-to-clone-macs-drive-4042367

you need to boot first to the recovery volume because both the source and destination drives must be unmounted.
This. It makes a bootable clone of the drive. I’ve used this app a buh-jillion times with great success.

Like others have said, restoring from a Time Machine backup works great too. Restoring Macs from backups is incredibly easy compared with Windows because you don’t have to worry about driver issues. For example, you can use a clone of one Mac and use is to boot externally a completely different as long as they both support the same OS.
 
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