67484: Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, Acronis True Image 2021 on Mac: disk cloning to new machine on system with Apple silicon processor

Last update: 07-09-2021

Introduction

This article describes the procedure for cloning a Mac with Apple silicon processor (ARM-based CPU). Direct cloning to another Mac with ARM-based CPU is not supported, cloning should be done by transferring data to an external drive, and then moving data to the target Mac. Install macOS on the target Mac to make the new disk bootable and then transfer your data from the external drive with cloned system using Migration assistant.

Solution

Follow the steps below:

  1. Clone the source Mac to an external drive.
  2. Shut down your destination Mac, then hold down the Power button until you see the startup options.
  3. To configure macOS recovery, click Options.
  4. Select Disk Utility. In the toolbar, click Show All Devices.
  5. Select your Mac's internal disk and click Erase in the toolbar. Select the APFS format and confirm erasing. After that, your Mac will be restarted.
  6. Activate your Mac. After that, exit to Recovery Utilities.
  7. Select Reinstall macOS Big Sur and follow the steps to install macOS on the internal disk of the target Mac.
  8. When macOS boots for the first time, configure the system settings.
  9. In the Migration Assistant window, select to transfer data From a Mac, Time Machine backup or Startup disk.
  10. In the Transfer information to this Mac window, select the cloned disk.
  11. In the Select the information to transfer window, select all the information displayed, and create a password.
  12. After information transfer is complete, reinstall Acronis True Image 2021.

    (!) To install Acronis True Image, Rosetta must be installed in the system. If Rosetta is not installed, make sure that Mac is connected to the Internet before starting Acronis True Image installation - in this case, the installer will offer to download and install Rosetta.

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