Why To Clone Mac OS X 10.8.3 Drive

Posted on Aug 22 2013 - 12:27am by Benzamin Watson

Mac OS X

Recently, Apple Inc. released the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion version (i.e. Mac OS X 10.8.3), thereby fixing the bugs in Safari, Security Update 2013-001, and many other apps. Many of you might have upgraded to OS X 10.8.3 as suggested by Apple. Mac OS X 10.8.3 integrates security, stability, and compatibility.

Latest Mac OS X version is likely to fix many of the bugs encountered in earlier and a few current versions. However, many users are complaining that their Mac machine is freezing, crashing, and a few are getting gray screen on startup after upgrading to the latest OS X 10.8.3.

Apple must be aware of the tribulations users are facing after upgrading to OS X 10.8.3. Therefore, the developers must make sure to fix the issues soon..

However, users are recommended to stick to their current data security strategies (such as Mac drive cloning and imaging) to protect their valuable data. As cloning a Mac drive involves formal process of duplication, the resulted drive is an exact copy of the source drive, which is used in place of the original drive.

After a formal upgrade to the latest Mac OS X 10.8.3, you certainly do not want anything happening adversely. Therefore, Mac drive cloning not only ensures the data is protected, but even ensures for robustness of the Mac machine.

Disk Utility troubleshoots the issues (such as disk permissions error, data read/write problem, volume header corruption, etc.) encountered while accessing Mac volumes, including boot volume. Moreover, it facilitates cloning the complete Mac 10.8.3 drive at once or individual volumes. Follow the straightforward process discussed below to clone a Mac volume using Disk Utility:

Open disk utility from Applications-> Utilities folder. Click the Restore tab in the right pane of the disk utility window. Now drag and drop the target volume from the left pane of the Disk Utility window to the source field in the right pane. Similarly, drag and drop the destination volume from the left pane to the destination field.

Now, make sure that the selected volumes are correct. In addition, make sure the destination volume does not contain any data. If it does, move everything to any other location, as cloning is going to format the destination drive first. At last, click Restore button to initiate the cloning process.

However, if you are cloning the boot volume of the Mac OS X 10.8.3, it is recommended to go to Recovery mode, and then start cloning. Alternatively, those who find Disk Utility is not easy to use can opt for a software to clone Mac drive.

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I am a software analyst, Mac user and a technical writer. So, this is a simple article about to clone Mac mountain lion using disk utility. If my readers have any issue or query regarding this, feel free to contact at benzamin.watson@gmail.com.