As my MacBook Pro enters the twilight of its long and storied career as my day-to-day working machine, I have begun to back it up obsessively. I have Time Machine back up to a 500GB La Cie drive attached by USB to an Airport Extreme base station, and I clone the laptop disk each night (well, early morning—the backup is scheduled for 4 am) using SuperDuper! to a G-Drive 500GB portable. The G-Drive is definitely stylish looking. Its FW 800 ports seem to have quit, though (or maybe the MacBook Pro’s?). I think there’s a loose connection somewhere. It derails the SuperDuper! cloning routine, and, even though the cables are pretty well-seated in the ports on the laptop and the drive, the drive disconnects itself at random. I was at the Apple Store today—shopping for a new MacBook Pro, I might add—and I saw the same thing happening to the G-Drives connected to the laptops on display. So beware the G-Drive.
In any case, I was at the lab, and feeling *really* obsessive, and I started cloning the laptop to the 1TB LaCie drive I have there. I have that drive connected to my MacBook Pro by eSATA (External SATA), using the expansion card slot. I didn’t even consider whether the machine would boot from the eSATA drive when I started. I probably shouldn’t have admitted that—who would listen to someone who just goes right ahead without even doing a cursory Google search? Caveat lector—but, well, the cloning came off without a hitch, as did booting from the eSATA drive. Also: it was FAST!