4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2011 9:49 AM by dianefromconcord
dianefromconcord Level 1 (0 points)

When making a reservation to have my Macbook Air checked by my local Apple Store's genius bar for problems I've been having, I was advised to do a backup.  How do I do a backup of my Macbook Air?  Can I backup using a USB cable to an external disk drive?  And what do I back up?

MacBook Air
  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)

    The best thing to do is make a Clone of your system to an external disk.  Use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.




    Then if they wipe your internal drive, you can boot from the external and clone it back to the internal.




  • dianefromconcord Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply.  Is Carbon Copy Cloner (or SuperDuper) something I download from the internet to be able to do a backup?  If so, do I download it on the Air and then do the backup with the external drive?

  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)

    Yes, you download it from the link provided above.  Move it to your apps folder and then run it.  You select the source (Macintosh HD) and target (external disk).  Then you hit the clone button.   This will make a bootable copy of your internal disk on the external.  You can try out the clone after you make it by holding down the OPT key at boot between the startup sound and the logo with pinwheel.  I will give you a selection of bootable drives.  Select your clone.  If everything checks out, reboot from internal.


    Screen Shot 2011-08-09 at 12.38.01 PM.png


    The image above is slightly different with the latest version of Carbon Copy Cloner.

  • dianefromconcord Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, CaptFred for the quick, detailed answer.  I'll give it a try.