1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 4:45 AM by Neville Hillyer
martinfromsouthafrica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can i save everything on my macbook (hard drive, apps, os, and work) to an external hard drive in order to create disc space to render an idvd?


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Can I backup my hard drive to an external hard drive and delete everything in order to make more space
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Best not to touch the OS or any special files as the Mac may not boot or work again without a reinstall.

     

    There are several solutions:

     

    1 - easy:

     

    Move most contents of user folders but not the folders

    Move any other user data

    Move Developer folder if it exists

    Move a few large Application

    Move 'System Folder' (NOT System folder) if it exists

     

    2 - better but take care with this:

     

    Also delete non-critical  caches - AppleJack is a safe way to clean disks and remove some caches

    Also delete /Users/user-name/Library/Caches

    Also delete non-critical log files especially:

    /private/var/log/daily.out

    /private/var/log/weekly.out

    /private/var/log/monthly.out

    /private/var/log/system.log - all items with this prefix

    Use Monolingual to remove unwanted items

    Manually remove unwanted modem files, printer files and any remaining unwanted languages

     

    3 - best:

     

    Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the whole disk to an external disk

    Erase internal disk and do a minimum OS install

    Perform task

    Reinstall normal OS from clone

    Keep clone as backup