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Old 01-13-2015, 01:32 PM
mattand mattand is offline
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Cloning select system files to SSD

Hey, all:

I've got a question on how to clone select startup and system files from main HD to a SSD. I think I've come up with an idea based on this thread in the FAQ (When I try to copy a single directory, I end up copying the whole disk. Why?), but want to make sure I'm doing this right.

I have 8 items on my startup drive, but I only want to copy four of them to the new SSD: Applications; Library; System; and Users. The SSD will eventually become the new startup drive

The startup drive contains 700 GB of data, and the new SSD is 256 GB. The four files above add up to 202 GB. I created a script based on the above FAQ. There's a few things I'm not sure of:

  1. I did not include the "ignore .*" command, as I want to eventually make the SSD my startup, and figured there's all sorts of invisible files that Mavericks needs to run properly. Is this correct?
  2. I added by hand folders like tmp, bin, etc.; again, figuring that the OS needs these run. I'm guessing there's any easier way to do that, assuming I need to copy these over.

I've included a screen shot of the script I made. Hopefully, I'm in the ballpark and not coming off as a complete dunce. Thanks for any help.

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