How to Clone a Hard Drive Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Cloning a hard drive on a Mac is a useful process that allows you to create an exact copy of your existing drive. This can be especially helpful when you want to upgrade your hard drive to a larger capacity or replace a failing drive. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of cloning a hard drive on your Mac.

What You Will Need

Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • A destination drive with enough storage space to accommodate the entire contents of your source drive.
  • A reliable cloning software such as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper!
  • Your Mac and both the source and destination drives connected to it.

The Cloning Process

Step 1: Install and Launch Cloning Software

Begin by installing your chosen cloning software onto your Mac. Once installed, launch the application.

Step 2: Select Source and Destination Drives

In the cloning software interface, you will need to select your source and destination drives. The source drive is the one you want to clone, while the destination drive is where you want to store the cloned data. Make sure to double-check these selections before proceeding.

Step 3: Configure Cloning Settings

Next, configure any additional settings offered by the cloning software. These settings may include options like excluding certain files or folders from the clone, scheduling automatic backups, or adjusting performance settings.

Step 4: Start the Cloning Process

Once all settings are in place, initiate the cloning process by clicking on the “Start” or “Clone” button in your chosen software. The cloning process may take some time depending on the size of your source drive and the speed of your Mac and drives.

Step 5: Verify and Test the Clone

After the cloning process is complete, it is essential to verify that the clone was successful. Disconnect the source drive from your Mac and restart your computer while holding down the Option key.

This will display a list of bootable drives. Select the cloned drive and proceed with booting into macOS from it.


Cloning a hard drive on a Mac can be a straightforward process with the right software and following these steps. Remember to always double-check your selections before initiating the cloning process, and verify the success of the clone before relying on it for regular use.

By following this tutorial, you have learned how to clone a hard drive on your Mac using cloning software. Now you can confidently upgrade or replace your hard drive without worrying about losing any data.

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