How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

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These are instructions on how to backup your entire Mac hard drive to a disk image. You may want to do this if you need a backup of your current system and don't want to make a dedicated clone of the drive.

Step One
Download and install Carbon Copy Cloner from here.

Step Two
Launch the Carbon Copy Cloner from your Applications folder.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Step Three
Click to select a Source drive to backup. We selected our Macintosh SSD.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Step Four
Click to select a Destination and choose New disk image....
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Navigate to the location you'd like the disk image to be saved and give it a name in the Save As field.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

If you want a disk image that you can modify, choose read/write sparse disk image from the Image Format dropdown. This creates a .sparseimage file. Alternatively, you can create a read only .dmg image. This process takes longer and you cannot modify the final image. However, it's a widely used file format.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Finally, you may also choose to encrypt your disk image. This has obvious security benefits but again will take longer to complete.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Once you're happy with your selections, click OK.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Step Five
Click the Clone button to begin the backup process.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

You may be warned that it is difficult to boot off a disk image, click Continue Anyway.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

Step Six
After a few hours (depending on the amount of data you have on your drive), the disk image will have been created.
How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image

How to Backup Your Entire Mac Hard Drive to a Disk Image
Boomer - December 5, 2016 at 12:19pm
super duper makes a bootable clone easy
Miguel Silva - December 5, 2016 at 9:19am
I couldn’t recommend CCC enought, saved my bacon countless times. Now I have a prob which is I have an SSD 512Gb+the old 1 tb standard drive on my MBP. How can I use CCC to clone both in one go? Is it possible. Right now I clone each one to a diferent external drive, so I Need 2 drives and to steps of cloning to back it up.. :/
douglas gordon - December 5, 2016 at 5:01am
Alternatively, use Stellar Drive Clone to create an exact replica of Macintosh HD. It has got Disk Cloning, Volume Cloning, Imaging, Restore and Bootable USB support. Also clones BootCamp partition to EXFAT.
Laz - December 5, 2016 at 4:41am
How to restore? How to put it bootable??
Venkatesh - December 5, 2016 at 3:46am
How do we restore it back
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