I maintain regular backups of my systems: three (3) Macbook Pros, vintage 2011, 2016 & 2019. I use Time Machine for backups now, and I have so far been fortunate enough to not need to use a backup to restore a system. However, I feel that my good luck may work against me if and when I do need to restore a system.

Is there some method or process by which I could make a "test restoration" of a Time Machine backup to gain some practice or familiarity without putting my system at risk? For example, perhaps I could restore the backup to an external SSD, and then boot from that external drive?

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    I've had them not work more times than they have, so I'd definitely test it. I've always had Mac Pros, so I can jut put another internal drive in, so it's not a direct comparison. I'd just go for it & see if Recovery will let you just do this straight to an external. Personally, I also always keep a clone that's not too old, & also Backblaze, so I've got belt & braces.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 12, 2022 at 17:10
  • See also apple.stackexchange.com/questions/392734/… and apple.stackexchange.com/questions/421062/… for variations on a theme of "It no werky!"
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 12, 2022 at 17:12
  • @Tetsujin: A "clone"... as in CCC?
    – Seamus
    Jan 13, 2022 at 0:49
  • @Tetsujin: re yr 1st comment: Pls correct me if wrong, but: 1. clone=disk image ?, 2. Backblaze=file backup only?
    – Seamus
    Jan 13, 2022 at 3:58
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    Yes to both. Clone is a full bootable copy of the drive, CCC. BB is files only, in case the house burns down;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 13, 2022 at 5:30


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