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alansky
12-18-2013, 11:01 PM
Can SuperDuper be used to clone a media drive—that is to say, a drive that does not have an operating system installed on it? The documentation seems to refer exclusively to "bootable clones". I just want to make an exact copy of a drive full of music and video.

Thanks!

dnanian
12-18-2013, 11:15 PM
Sure, as long as the drive is formatted as HFS+.

alansky
12-19-2013, 12:03 AM
Since SuperDuper seemed able to do it, I went ahead and used smart update to make both drives identical. What's odd is that, after cloning, the amount of space used on the two drives is not identical when I compare Get Info windows; but the folder sizes displayed in each drive's Finder window are exactly the same on both drives. Any comment?

dnanian
12-19-2013, 09:18 AM
Spotlight, potential .MobileBackups folder, etc.

alansky
12-19-2013, 12:46 PM
There is no Mobile Backups folder, no iTunes folder... But Spotlight is set to index one drive and not the other. Could this cause the discrepancy?

dnanian
12-19-2013, 12:49 PM
.MobileBackups is hidden - certainly Spotlight can be the cause, yes: it's quite large, generally.

alansky
12-21-2013, 05:50 PM
Sounds reasonable. Thanks!