Keeping a clone of a computer is important in case you have system/computer fails of any sort. Let’s say you want to update your Protools but not your OS, you can revert back to what you were using before if you have a clone! Having a clone can save you a ton of time by not having to install applications individually and can be used immediately. This week, I sat down with assistant editor, Ian, to get a step by step guide on how to make a clone!

Steps to cloning

  1. Get all your materials together

    • Hard drive- make sure it is bigger than the one you are currently running

    • Hard drive reader/dock

    • Cloning app- we use “SuperDuper”, it is free!

  2. Launch your current computer

  3. Format your drive (we use Mac)

  4. Name it as a backup so it is clear which is the backup/clone and not

  5. Back up your current projects and etc as a precaution

  6. Open up SuperDuper

  7. Click “copy” and choose the option you want from the drop down

  8. Click “to” for the place you want it to go to

    • When you click “to”, this will always wipe all unless you click partition

  9. Under “using” we just do “backup- all files”

  10. Click “copy now” at the bottom

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It’s as easy as that! If you want to make more clones, you can partition part of your drive which means you can change just a portion of it and not the whole thing. This can definitely be useful.

If you want to reverse the clone, it’s just as easy. It just works in the opposite way.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!