How to Clone Mac SSD to WD External Hard Drive?

Christina updated on 2020/8/11 to Mac Disk Clone

Nowadays, the new Mac machines always use SSD as the internal drive. SSD is faster than more traditional rotating hard disk. However, to keep the SSD performance, system will enable trim for SSD by default. Then it will wipe the deleted or lost data very soon. So if you have any problem with your SSD on Mac, you may lose some of the important files permanently. To avoid such data loss, it’s highly suggested to clone your SSD as backup. This article will just show you how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive in detail.

To clone SSD to WD external hard drive, first you need to have a reliable disk cloning software. With third-party software, it will be very easy and safe to clone your data from Mac SSD to WD external hard drive or any other drives. There are some tools that can clone SSD on Mac. If you have no idea which one is best for you, we suggest you download and have a try with DMclone for Mac.


Steps to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

As a simple and intuitive tool, you can use it to clone Mac SSD easily. With just a few clicks, DMclone for Mac is able to clone SSD to WD external hard drive quickly and effectively.

Also, the software provide 2 modes to clone or create disk image for Mac SSD. You can clone the data from Mac SSD to WD external hard drive directly. Or you can create an image of your SSD and save to the WD external hard drive. Here we will show you the detail guides about how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive and crate disk image for the SSD.

Clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

First, if you want to clone the data from Mac SSD to WD external hard drive and then access or use the clone data directly. You can use this mode. It will copy the data directly to the WD external hard drive.

Step 1. Select the Mac SSD as source and select the WD external hard drive as destination.

how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

Step 2. Click the Copy Now button and start the disk cloning process.

how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

Step 3. After the Mac SSD is cloned, then please check the cloned data on the WD external hard drive.

how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive


Create disk image of Mac SSD

Create a disk image for the Mac SSD will save some space. It will also wrap the cloned data into DMG or ZIP format image file. You can copy and use the disk image on other Mac or even Windows machines.

Step 1. Select Mac SSD as source disk. Also choose WD external hard drive to save the disk image.

how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

Step 2. Create disk image of your Mac SSD by clicking the Create Image button.

how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

Step 3. Once the disk image is crated, you can then try to mount or open the disk image to check the data.

how to clone Mac SSD to WD external hard drive

Notes: Please ensure to check if you have enough space on the WD external hard drive. Otherwise, it will not be able to clone the SSD successfully. Also, you can only choose some specified files to clone instead of the entire SSD.

Also, the software DMclone for Mac is able to help you clone USB flash drive, hard drive, memory card on Mac. It can work with most of the recent Mac operating system, ranges from Mac OS X 10.7 to macOS 10.16. Please first download the software and then install it on your Mac machine to clone the drive.



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