How To Clone A Mac Drive



Using Acronis True Image 2019 and later you can duplicate all your data and make macOS bootable on your new hard drive via Disk Cloning. You can use this to migrate to a new Mac computer or to clone the system to an external HDD and have a bootable copy of the system.

Keep in mind the following limitations:

  • Until macOS 10.15 Catalina, Mac users knew: their startup volume was a single volume, just as it appeared! (Okay, for Fusion drive users, there are two physical drives managed by software to.
  • Jun 26, 2020 Disk Utility is free and included with every copy of the Mac OS. And while the various cloning apps have a lot more features, if you don’t have access to third-party apps, using Disk Utility will create a perfectly usable clone, although it may require a few more steps and lacks some nice features, such as automation and scheduling.
  • How do I clone hard drive with multiple partitions? 'I have a 1 TB hard drive with 4 partitions, including one system partition and three data partitions. I try to clone OS to SSD for a better performance and clone other data partitions to a new disk. Then, remove the old drive. I want to know if this works. Any suggestions are welcome.
  • Only an entire disk can be cloned, not selected partitions.
  • Only the entire disk can be selected as a destination.
  • Fusion Drives are supported as a cloning source and/or destination starting from Acronis True Image 2019 Update 2 (Build 14610)

Select your external drive in the sidebar, click “Restore” in the menu, and then select your main drive as the “Restore From” option. You can also choose an ISO image, but that doesn’t have much use here. A) Connect the new internal SSD to an enclosure to make it work like an external drive. B) Plug the connecting cable to the storage device and your Mac. C) Go to Finder Applications Utilities Disk Utility. D) In the Disk Utility window, select the new SSD volume (indented) and click the Restore tab.

For more information about Disk Cloning Utility see product documentation.

If Acronis True Image is installed on macOS 11 Big Sur, then disk with a Boot Camp can only be cloned via Bootable Media. See KB article 67265 for more information.


To clone your Mac disk follow the steps below:

  1. If you have Parallels Desktop virtual machines running on your Mac, make sure that they are turned off.
  2. Make sure that the source and destination drives are connected to your Mac. If you need to connect another Mac, make sure that it is connected in target disk mode. Refer to product documentation for details.
  3. Open Acronis True Image. On the sidebar, click Disk Cloning
  4. By default, your internal system drive is pre-selected as a cloning source. If you want to change it, click the cloning source icon, and then select the drive that you want to clone.
    When you start the cloning operation, the destination drive will be formatted, and all of the data stored on it will be irreversibly erased. Make sure that the disk is empty or does not contain valuable data.
  5. Click Clone to start the cloning operation.
  6. If the destination disk contains data, Acronis True Image will ask for user confirmation to format the target disk. Click Format to proceed

More information


Encrypted disks can be cloned under live system. Cloning under bootable media will not work.

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