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Nov 24, 2007 8:19 AM
When you back up everything with Time Machine on an external GUID formatted drive, will you be able to boot from that drive? I am using a new iMac.

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  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Nov 24, 2007 8:21 AM (in response to GH)
    No. The directory structure is not set up to be booted from. The files are all in the backups.backupdb folder instead of residing at the root of the drive where they should.
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  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,940 points)
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    Nov 24, 2007 8:21 AM (in response to GH)
    When you back up everything with Time Machine on an external GUID formatted drive, will you be able to boot from that drive?


    No: but you can boot from the Install disk and then make use of Time Machine to restore. if you want a bootable drive as such (and it's worth having one) you will have to use something like SuperDuper.
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  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Nov 24, 2007 9:54 AM (in response to GH)
    You can, and it will boot, but remember that as Time Machine fills up the drive you will run out of space for virtual memory on that drive, so booting and running apps from it will become sluggish. This will happen when your free space on the drive drops to ~10GB or so.
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  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
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    Nov 24, 2007 9:58 AM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
    Roger Wilmut1 wrote:
    When you back up everything with Time Machine on an external GUID formatted drive, will you be able to boot from that drive?


    No: but you can boot from the Install disk and then make use of Time Machine to restore. if you want a bootable drive as such (and it's worth having one) you will have to use something like SuperDuper.


    SuperDuper is not yet fully Leopard compliant. Supposedly CCC is
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