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cloning a mac hd

my question is: i'm cloning my mac hd (mac book pro, snow leopard) and though i've made successful clones, the sum of the hard drives (mac hd and external hd) don't match. for instance, my mac hd reads at: 233.71 GB, however the cloned external hd reads at: 216.54 GB. can anyone explain this discrepancy? are there certain things that don't go into the clone that are on the mac hd?

thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
bgstreet

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(NT) Are the block sizes identical on both drives?
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cloning a mac hd

i'm not sure what you mean by blocks. but the mac hd is 250 GB and the clone external drive is 320 GB. does that have anything to do with the clone results?

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