View Full Version : Read/Write sparse image on disk with files

01-06-2008, 10:38 PM
Okay, hopefully this will not be as goofy as my last post. I have a 10GB hard drive as my startup right now in a G4 AGP Graphics tower. I am replacing it with a 160 GB drive. I also have a similar drive as a second hard drive. I intend to create a disk image using Read/Write sparse image to clone my startup drive and save it to the secondary drive. My question is this:
Does this risk data loss on the drive I am saving it to? That's something I definitely can't risk. Second, will I be able to then transfer this image to my new startup drive and turn that new drive into a simply bigger version of the original? I hope this makes sense. In other words, I simply want the new drive to be a 160 GB version (or actually, 128GB version, due to my system limitations) if the 10 GB drive I'm ditching.

01-06-2008, 10:59 PM
As long as you're sure you've selected "Disk Image..." in the destination pop-up, any operations done will be done inside that image.

Of course, there's always a risk of data loss with anything...

And, yes, you can then restore... as explained in the User's Guide.

01-07-2008, 12:09 AM
Okay, that sounds good to me. The risk of data loss was one more of a serious risk than a common one. And when I use the disk image for the new hard drive, it'll still function as 128 GB and not just 10?

01-07-2008, 09:50 AM
Yes, when you copy file-by-file (as opposed to a low-level copy), the volume size doesn't really matter.