Some years ago (before switched to Mac) I have used Acronis True Image for creating/restoring full image of NTFS partitions.

Now I'm on Mac. What I want to do is somehow fully backup my bootable HFS+ partition, store an image (not obligatory an image, because if I understand correctly CCC, for example, doesn't create images) on external USB drive, then do some repartitioning on a disk and finally restore backup in one of newly created partitions.

I've noticed that it's possible to create/restore images using Disk Utility when booting from Mac OS X Install DVD. But I'm not sure about whether this tool creates full (bootable) backup or not.

Do I need to use some 3rd party software like CCC or Disk Utility is just fine?


I have tried many solutions and came to the conclusion that the best one, by far, is SuperDuper.

The free version should be fine if you're not in a hurry. The paid version can update your backup very quickly with the "smart update" feature.

  • Thanks. You are probably right. Something is wrong with Disk Utility. At least in my case. =( – Wildcat Aug 28 '10 at 6:31

Carbon Copy Cloner is free and easy, and will make disk images.


Do not attempt to backup a filesystem that is currently in use. That includes whichever filesystem you are currently booted from, for example. If you boot from the OS X Installation disc, you can certainly use Disk Utility to back up a partition on the internal HDD. The partition includes the filesystem, and the filesystem includes the "blessed" system folder and "blessed" startup file. As such, your image can be restored to a partition and will be bootable. No problem.


Yup, you can restore to a bootable backup from an image created with Disk Utility. You can also use Disk Utility to restore from an existing partition.

  • Seems to be possible. However during restore I got an error "Restore Failure Could not find any scan information. The source image needs to be imagescanned/scanned for restore". Images > Scan for restore... failed to due to sum system error. – Wildcat Aug 28 '10 at 6:30

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