788 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2011 9:49 PM by NA Smith
Like a lot of people, my data is my life and I'd cry a million tears to lose a couple decades of pictures.
Especially if your info is that critical, I (and other) highly suggest you get another drive and make a bootable backup using a utility such as SuperDuper! Or Carbon Copy Cloner.
Also, make another bootable backup and DVD backup of your important files and store them off site in another safe location.
I use Time Machine and SD! and backup every three days.
Hatter twigged me on to the fact that Disk Utility makes a bootable clone easily and reliably:
* Obtain an external hard drive (with USB or FWire) and plug it in (format if first time)
* Insert your OSX install DVD
* Immediately restart and hold down the alt/option key until you see grey
* Wait for the DVD icon to appear and click it
* Click your language (English)
* Wait for the Toolbar to appear (ignore the install splash page, of course)
* On the toolbar click Utilities then Disk Utility
* Click the hard drive at the top of the list on the left
* Click Restore on the far upper right
* Drag "Macintosh HD" over to "Source" field (it should 'stay' in the field)
* Drag the external formatted hard drive into the "Destination" field
* Click 'Restore' (bottom right this time)
* Click 'Erase' in the pop-up window (last chance to cancel the operation)
* Wait an hour or so to transfer data
* When the indicator shows completion close Disk Utility
* Close DVD installer
Time Machine is not bootable, and I for one had mine corrupted once. LOADS of people here emphasize the need to create two backups. TM should be one. With all Apple stuff read the manual / do the tutorial http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427
Snow Leopard can even disk utility clone without booting to disk - try it!
I have an identical model of external hard drive and can just swap drives with a toolkit in case of emergency - that's my favorite advantage of a cloned drive.
Message was edited by: NA Smith