5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 8:50 AM by mende1
Xtophe_77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

First, sorry for my english ... i'm french

 

 

New in this univers, i just by a macbook pro last week.

 

Afraid to make a fatal mistake i would like to make a full restore disk, or full backup, whitch can let me restore this mac by using a DVD. I don't use the time machine or time capsule... 

 

Can someone help me ? 

 

 

Many many thanks

 

Xtophe


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Restore Disk, reinstall disk ... help :)
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities

     

    If I'm not wrong, you want to make a bootable DVD of the operating system to reinstall OS X on your Mac.

     

    New Macs have got Internet Recovery, so if you made a mistake and OS X doesn't start, just press Command and R keys while your Mac is starting and reinstall OS X, and you won't lose anything.

     

    However, your Mac will redownload OS X each time you want to reinstall OS X, so you should make a bootable disc of the operating system. As your Mac is new, I'm not sure if this will work, but open App Store app, go to Purchases tab and download OS X Mountain Lion. When it finishes, download Lion Diskmaker to make a bootable DVD with OS X inside.

     

    Also, I recommend you to make backups of your computer because all hard drives fail and you will lose all your data if your hard drive fails. Any external drive will work to make backups with Time Machine or a clone app as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper

  • 2. Re: Restore Disk, reinstall disk ... help :)
    keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    You might want to look into Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper!. Both are cloning software you can use to back up to external disks. They both allow you to boot into the clone and use it to restore your internal hard drive.

     

    Your new Macbook Pro has Internet Recovery which will allow you to boot to Apple's servers using the Command+Option+R keys, use Disk Utility to erase your internal drive and reinstall OS X Mountain Lion back to factory installation.

  • 3. Re: Restore Disk, reinstall disk ... help :)
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    You can already restore by booting into your Recovery Volume.

    You should have a full backup on an external drive. This can be dome with Time Machine, or a bootable clone. For that I'd suggest SuperDuper or CarbonCopy Cloner,

  • 4. Re: Restore Disk, reinstall disk ... help :)
    Xtophe_77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you mende1 !

     

     

    I try this procedure this evening. Did this "download" contain all the software who make install the first time i start my macbook ?
    Last question, did i let a hard disk drive connected all the time to the mac when i use Time Machine? or just when he was connected, the backup start ?

  • 5. Re: Restore Disk, reinstall disk ... help :)
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Xtophe_77 wrote:

     

    I try this procedure this evening. Did this "download" contain all the software who make install the first time i start my macbook ?

     

    The OS X installer contains all the preinstalled apps. However, if you reinstall OS X without erasing the hard disk, all your applications will be kept.

     

    Xtophe_77 wrote:

     

    Last question, did i let a hard disk drive connected all the time to the mac when i use Time Machine? or just when he was connected, the backup start ?

     

    See > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

     

    Time Machine will create an initial backup, and then, it will make hourly, incremental backups, always that your external drive is connected. If not, it won't make backups. It's up to you if you want to keep your external drive connected to your Mac to make hourly backups, connect it only when you want to make a backup, or just modify Time Machine settings with TimeMachineEditor to make backups whenever you want.

     

    If you want more information about Time Machine, see this site > http://pondini.org