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I've used Apple's Disk Utility to 'restore' a drive with accidentally deleted files. I need to know if this is an exact byte-for-byte clone that I can scan for deleted files on.

  • What is the format of the volume with deleted files? Is the drive internal or external? – David Anderson Apr 10 at 7:28
  • @DavidAnderson APFS. It was an internal system drive that has been restored to an external HDD for file recovery. – CryptoPiggy Apr 15 at 16:16
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Yes, it is a "byte-for-byte" clone. The only exception is if the source volume is defective and contains read-errors. In that case you would be better off using a specialised copying program, such as ddrescue.

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