How to Clone Your Mac to Use It As A Backup

Clone your Mac if you wish to provide extra protection to your files or want to have the easy access to all the important data even when your computer is being repaired or stolen. Follow this complete guide to offer an additional shield to your data using a cloning program.

To ensure all of my files remain secure at all hazards, I make sure to back up my Mac. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to do so. For instance, you can use Time Machine, take advantage of cloud service, or an installing a duplicate creation program. One of my favorite ways is to clone the Mac to use it as a backup.

So, why would you want to clone your Mac? Well, it basically allows you to create a bootable copy of your entire hard drive. As a result, you will be able to access all the contents of your Mac via another one. It could be convenient in a situation where you no longer have access to your computer.

How to Clone Mac to Use It As A Backup

How to Clone your Mac to Use It as a Backup


  • Ensure you have an external hard drive with enough storage to keep everything on your computer.
  • Make sure you have a cloning program. In this test, we have used SuperDuper! from Shirt Pocket.
  • The program offers more reliable functionality and is available for free. However, you will have to upgrade to the pro version $27.95 to use some of the advanced features like scheduling and smart updates.

How to Format Your External Drive To Use For Your Clone

First off, you have to prepare your external hard drive so that you can make a bootable drive for your cloned backup.

Step #1. First and foremost, connect your external drive into the appropriate port. Now, you need to search for the Disk Utility app.

Step #2. Next, double-click on Disk Utility to open it. Then, locate the hard drive under External and select it.

Step #3. Next up, click the Erase tab at the top of the window and name the drive.

Make sure to enter an easy name so that you will be able to remember it.

Step #4. Choose macOS Extended from the format list and click on Erase.

Step #5. In the end, click Done.

Finally, close the Disk Utility window.

That’s done! The hard drive has been cleaned for cloning.

How to Make a Clone of Your Mac

Step #1. Once you have successfully downloaded and installed SuperDuper on your computer, double-click on it.

Open SuperDuper App on Mac

Then, you have to select your Mac’s hard drive from the drop-down menu next to “Copy.”

Step #2. Now, select the external hard drive from the drop-down menu.

Ensure that Backup – all files option is selected in the drop-down menu.

Step #3. Next, click Copy Now and enter your Administrator password when prompted.

Then, click Copy when prompted to confirm that you wish to erase the external hard drive. Next, you have to copy the files to it from your Mac.

Step #4. Once the process is completed, click OK.

That’s it! You have perfectly cloned your Mac. The process is more or less same for other programs. So, you may not have to face any barriers while going through the procedure.

How to Boot Your clone on Another Mac

Your Mac is being repaired, and it will take a couple of days for it to be ready again. In the meantime, borrow a Mac from your friend and boot the clone on the computer to ensure your important work doesn’t have any interruption. Just make sure to partition your hard drive to boot your clone as a separate startup disk.

Step #1. Turn off your Mac, and you need to connect your external drive to the port on your Mac.

Step #2. Now, you need to turn On your Mac and then hold the Option key when you hear the startup chime.

Step #3. Next, choose the external drive.

Next, use the clone to restore files to your partitioned drive.

How to Restore Your Mac From A Clone

Step #1. Shut down your Mac and connect your external drive to the right port. Then, turn on your Mac.

Step #2. Now, you have to hold the Command and R keys when the system restarts to enter Recovery Mode.

Now, your computer will boot to the macOS utility screen.

Step #3. Click on Disk Utility and select continue.

Next, choose your hard drive and click on the Restore tab at the top of the Disk Utility window.

Step #4. Next up, you need to choose your external drive.

Step #5. Up next, choose your Mac’s hard drive and click on Restore.

After the backup has finished restoring, you need to restart your computer.

That’s all there is to it!

Wrapping up:

If you ever want to have additional security for your files or never wish to stop your work even when your Mac is out of order, cloning is the way to go. What’s your feedback about it?

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