Maccast 2014.05.29

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 489. iWatch may be round. Appleā€™s new Beat(s). Low cost iMac and iPhone 5s at WWDC? iPhones held ransom in AU and US. iWork for iCloud Updates. The next OS, OS X Cubed. Fixing embedded iTunes Art. GIMP Print and Gutenprint. My failed logic board. iTunes 11.2.1 freezing and podcast issues. Thunderbolt Dock solutions.

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  1. Rich Baughman | Jun 09 2014 - 05:06

    Hey, Adam – I think this was the podcast where you mentioned you were planning to use SuperDuper to backup and restore your mac to a new SSD disk. We have just gone through that with several machines here in our small office, having used the “belt and suspenders” Time Machine + SuperDuper backup schemes for years.

    For work purposes, our external backup and internal hard drives must be wholly encrypted at all times using FileVault 2. This has worked great, but we discovered an issue with using SuperDuper backups for the new SDD drives. FYI: we are using Crucial M500 series SDDs, 1TB for our aging MBP 17″ notebooks – it’s like getting a new machine in many ways, extending their useful life for developers for another year or two (and we are not looking forward to giving up our 17″ screens!).

    You normally partition the blank drive for Mac OS using Disk Utility (though they may already be set up that way when ordered through Amazon). SuperDuper will restore the hard drive partition to it, and it will run fine. However, you will *not* be able to encrypt it with FileVault2, because it lacks the hidden Mac OS recovery partition, something we did not realize until we had done several of these upgrades at the same time. You must first install Mac OS X (Mavericks in our case) from an external bootable install drive or download and run the install script for the OS on that SDD. I believe once you have done a SD restore on a blank drive, you cannot add the Mac Recovery partition to the drive without a complete restore process, which is a PITA, since the new internal SDD you are using needs to be copied to another (your old?) external drive so you can repartition the SDD, install Mac OS X on it, then restore from your SuperDuper backup properly.

    Just thought your listeners would like to know (and you, if you have not discovered this yet).

    Love the podcast!
    –Rich Baughman