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View Full Version : Suggested strategy to clone one MacBook Air to another?


cmarcus
08-10-2011, 05:38 PM
I've got two identical new MacBook Airs - I'd like to get one set up with software, config, etc, then clone that one onto the other.

Is this as simple as?
1. Configure MBA 1
2. Use SD on MBA 1 to backup to USB external drive
3. Boot MBA 2 using Recovery mode
4. Connect USB external drive to MBA 2
5. Direct MBA 2 to reinstall from USB backup

Or am I missing some important step?

dnanian
08-10-2011, 08:13 PM
Probably even better to boot from the backup and restore with SuperDuper.

cmarcus
08-10-2011, 09:03 PM
So better process would be:

1. Configure MBA 1
2. Use SD on MBA 1 to copy internal drive to USB external drive
3. Connect MBA 2 to USB external drive
4. Boot MBA 2 using from USB external drive
5. Run SD on MBA 2 and copy USB drive to MBA 2 internal drive

I wasn't clear that SD could copy the drive it is running on to another drive - if so, that is cool!

dnanian
08-10-2011, 10:36 PM
Yep, after all, you're doing that when you back up too, right?