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Re: Recommend best way and program to clone disk

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:41 pm

Macbook Pro batteries are fixed with a stupid (IMHO) screw that requires a three point screwdriver..... :headbang: Other components, mostly, use a Phillips like four point driver (it may be a JIS driver but that's another story) but a couple use a Torx six point driver. I can't understand why they would use three (at least) different forms of screw head on screws which are mostly the same thread size. It's not for identification as they are, either clearly different (length or colour) or, like most of the screws holding the bottom panel on my MBP, the same head/size/colour but , some have a shoulder and some don't.......
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Re: Recommend best way and program to clone disk

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:08 am

I don't think I'm being particularly conspiracy driven when I suggest screws with non-standard heads are specifically intended to make life difficult for the DIY repairer/upgrader. Why make it easy for owners to upgrade and give up all that lovely moolah that comes from making them pay for it?

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Re: Recommend best way and program to clone disk

Postby wireman » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:47 pm

The 2009 model I have uses a Pentalobe screw (PL5 or PL6). Wiha make a decent scredriver that fits.
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Re: Recommend best way and program to clone disk

Postby desmond » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:15 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Macbook Pro batteries are fixed with a stupid (IMHO) screw that requires a three point screwdriver.....

Heh, I had to replace the keyboard in my MBP, so I bought one of those a couple of weeks back - £2 off ebay iirc - but I didn't need it, as you can completely strip a MBP down without removing the battery anyway...

A bit annoying, but not the biggest of problems really...
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Re: Recommend best way and program to clone disk

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:11 pm

Didn’t see any point in starting a new thread but I want to clone the hdd out of my free view recorder. The problem is that neither finder or disc utility recognises the drive. Thinking of trying SuperDuper or buying one of these dual drive caddies which claim standalone cloneing.

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Re: Recommend best way and program to clone disk

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:59 pm

Not convinced that will work unless you know the format of the disk in your recorder. On my recorder, for instance the file system is EXT3. Many video recorders use Linux as the host OS and they tend to use EXT2, 3 or 4 for their file systems. That means that you'll need special software on your Mac to be able to read the disk at all! I used extFS from Paragon Software to handle this, but to be honest it was more flakey than paid-for software ought to be.

Executive summary: what you want to do is quite difficult.

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