Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to MikeMiller06)
while you are waiting for your new external drive, a couple of FYI's:
most externals are formatted for Windows, so either have your wife do this - if she has a Mac - or you need to do it when you get it. With the new drive plugged in, open Disk Utility > select the Partition tab > select one (or more if you'd like) partitions > name it whatever you want > make sure it is formatted "Mac OS Extended Journaled" and, under Options, that it has the GUID Partition scheme. Then hit apply. This will erase and format the drive properly. If there was any software on it, it will be nuked as you do not need it. Your drive is now ready to be used as a Time Machine backup, a bootable clone, or any other backup method (drag 'n drop) you want.
Read up on Time Machine here:
Or, if you want to do a bootable clone, you can do that with either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper - with either, you wind up with an exact and bootable copy/clone of your system which means you can boot from it and work even if your internal drive is having a problem. It is extremely easy to do - post back if you want to go that route once you have your external drive.
Lastly, be careful blowing out dust - it is usually not advised as it can redistribute it inside the machine; using a vacuum hose to lightly go across the area is generally recommended because it attracts/pulls out the dust. However, I realize you most likely do not have a vacuum handy right now.....
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to Courcoul)
Thanks for the P.S., Courcoul.
I probably should have included additional explanation in my original post to Mike, but I always to keep my responses brief.
Courcoul wrote: ... P.S. Jim, about the "blowing compressed air in the Mac" ....
I prefer to ground my Macs and then apply low-volume suction near the cooling intake openings. I work from the outside, and I don't remove the bottom pan.
I believe that proper vacuum pulls the dust back out rather than possibly forcing some of it farther into the machines. Moreover, vacuum eliminates the compressed air possibility of introducing propellants, liquids, or condensable vapors into the interior of my Macs.
My method, which has served me well for many years, avoids the proscription against liquids and moisture in http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3226 and its predecessor articles.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 5:12 PM (in response to babowa)
Replying to myself just to see the other posts since my last one.....
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 11:01 PM (in response to Courcoul)
I got the hard drive and backed everything up....You've got me scared about the ML installer....Is this another one of those downloads that if it gets interrupted makes you start from scratch? Cause that's all but an impossibility. It took me 2 1/2 days to successfully update firmware for an Airport Express. Is there another way to get it successfully downloaded?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 7:30 AM (in response to MikeMiller06)
You can stop and start the download so it should resume from an interruption, note the word 'should'
There are no alternative ways to obtain it.
Ensure that you make a copy of the installer before startng the install, once will be enough for that download.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to MikeMiller06)
As Csound said, make sure to make a copy of the installer: after the download is finished, dismiss the installer temporarily (close it) and find it in your Applications folder. Option click it and drag a copy to another folder or external drive for safekeeping. Then return to the installer and hit install - it will self destruct after the installation is finished.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to babowa)
How do I get a copy of the installer? The only means of installation I'm aware of is downloading Mountain Lion through the app store. Will that give me an installer file I can keep on my external? I thought that just installed it directly.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to MikeMiller06)
That's correct but ... after the download completes you have to push a button to start the install, don't. Instead copy the installer to a different location, then go back to the Applications folder and start the original installer.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 8:31 AM (in response to Csound1)
Boy are we cruisin! Over 48 hours of downloading and I'm 1.72 GB complete. Sounds bad but the internet's been worse here. I had a standard app update going one time. Started it a couple hours before bed, when I woke up 40mb were done. I'll let y'all know what happens when I complete and do the reinstall (after copying it, noted, I do NOT want to have to re-download this thing).
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 9:37 AM (in response to MikeMiller06)
Boy are we cruisin! Over 48 hours of downloading and I'm 1.72 GB complete.
And this is a good internet day?
You seem to have the patience, and the humor to deal with this but what a PITA.
Remember to save it before you install
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 10:05 AM (in response to Csound1)
As you can probably see from my very original post, patience isn't always my strong point. Although I'm still slightly less than pleased with Apple's direct efforts at customer service geared towards those of us OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) I'm thankful for all of y'all's help.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 10:13 AM (in response to MikeMiller06)
I'm thankful for all of y'all's help.
We love doing it........
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 1:27 PM (in response to MikeMiller06)
We all want to help you. And we're so sorry you had such a terrible time in the beginning. I can tell you now, that you can always count on us. We're in for the long haul.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2013 10:04 PM (in response to MikeMiller06)
THE DOWNLOAD IS COMPLETE! Rain and network issues really prolonged the **** of out that thing but I have the OS install file, it and all of my other important documents are backed up on an external hard drive. Now, how do I go about formatting the hard drive or whatever I need to do to start with a clean slate? Basically...what next?