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macbook6493 Level 1 Level 1
Last year, I lost my Mac OSX Install discs and had to get new ones from Apple. The new discs cost me $30. In case I lose them again I want to have a spare. How can I make a copy of my Snow Leopard Install disc and my Windows XP install disc?

Thanks

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    How to Make a Non-Commercial DVD copy of MAC OS X

    Making a DVD Image:
    
Step 1. Insert the retail Mac OS X Install DVD into your drive.

    Step 2. Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities).

    Step 3. In Disk Utility, you will notice a white pane on the left hand side. In the pane, select the Mac OS X Install DVD by clicking on it once.

    Step 4. Click New Image on the Disk Utility toolbar.

    Step 5. A dialog box will appear. Give the new image a name. I used 'Mac OS X Install DVD'. Select the destination where you wish to save it. Leave Image Format at Compressed (default) and Encryption at None (default).

    Step 6. Click Save to begin creating the image.

    Step 7. Once your image has been created DO NOT mount it. Leave the image alone and proceed to the next section.



    Burning the Image:
    
Step 1. Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities).

    Step 2. Click Burn on the Disk Utility toolbar (upper left).

    Step 3. Navigate to where you saved the DVD image created in the previous section. Click on the image file, then click the Burn button. Do not drag and drop the image file into Disk Utility during this step.

    Step4. Insert a DVD when prompted and proceed to Burn it. (use good quality media)
. I hope this tutorial helps.
  • Toocool4 Level 2 Level 2
    Or you can use a free CD / DVD burning program called SimplyBurns to make a disc to disc copy. Get it from here http://download.cnet.com/SimplyBurns/3000-2242_4-82553.html?tag=mncol

    You will need a dual layer DVD for the OSX DVD.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8
    If you have 8-10 GB available on an internal or external HD, make a partition of that size, and use the Restore tab of Disk Utility to copy it. Then you can boot up and run from that partition, instead of the disc. Booting and running that way are much faster, besides being much more convenient.
  • geff-flix Level 1 Level 1
    thanks for that info: i do have an external drive, but it's USB, but i was under the impression to be bootable, the external drive would need to be a firewire connection.

    is USB also good?
  • Charles Dyer Level 4 Level 4
    Intel Macs can boot from USB. either hard drive or optical drive.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8
    geff-flix wrote:
    thanks for that info: i do have an external drive, but it's USB, but i was under the impression to be bootable, the external drive would need to be a firewire connection.

    is USB also good?


    On a G5 iMac, probably not. Most will only boot from a FireWire external.

    But if there's room, put it on your internal HD (that's where mine is).
  • Julie Vollmer Level 1 Level 1
    I've followed all your steps, but when I click "burn" and put my blank DVD in, I get the error that there isn't enough room on the DVD to burn the image. Am I missing something? aren't all DVD's the same size? 4.7 GB?

    My 10.5 Install CD is getting a bit scratched up as well, so I need a backup copy.
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6
    Did you use a DL DVD+R?



    1.insert the leopard install DVD, open disk utility and select the whole DVD (model, not name) in disk utility.
    2. go to File menu->new->disk image from the DVD. select CD/DVD master for format.
    3. once the disk image is created, eject the install DVD and insert a blank *DL DVD+R.* drag the disk image to Disk utility, select it there and click "burn" in the toolbar.



    Highly recommended discs: *Verbatim DL DVD+R*

    Message was edited by: CMCSK
  • Julie Vollmer Level 1 Level 1
    I did what you told me, but when I try to burn that image to a DVD-R, I still get the error. Not enough free space.
  • Julie Vollmer Level 1 Level 1
    it says the image is 7.4GB
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6
    I try to burn that image to a DVD-R

    Use a *DL DVD+R*
  • Julie Vollmer Level 1 Level 1
    OK...stupid question here..I have the first generation white Intel iMac. How do I check to see if the burner is DL?
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6
    Not a stupid question. go to System Profiler - Apple/About This Mac/More Info/Disc Burning
  • Julie Vollmer Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks! It does support DL +R, so I will go out and buy some of those DVD's to record to. Mystery solved! thanks!
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