Clone Mac OS X system disks with freeware HELIOS Xtar

HELIOS Xtar is a UNIX batch tool to backup/clone Mac OS X disks. Available as a free download from the HELIOS web site, the HELIOS Xtar utility can clone Mac OS X system disks, and backup and restore disks, files and folders, all with full HFS support.

The HFS disk format stores data and meta-data (ex. Finder and Resource info) within one file. However, standard UNIX applications see only the data part, so the meta-data is lost using standard UNIX tools.

The HELIOS GNU-based Xtar saves each HFS file as two files in the standard tar container format. During a restore with

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