Nope, I really don't have the SL DVD with me, not here, not usually, not often at all actually. I don't know anyone that carries the pack with them. Some of we users don't even come home for a couple of months. Yep, weird people, eh? Hard to believe, isn't it?
I'm running Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I have a MBP (early? 2006). My hard disk has had numerous survivable errors before I went on this holiday, and now it's time to push off with this hard disk too soon before I depart.. Every restart is a chance that it won't start up again. I have to startup in single user mode and then exit out of the shell to actually (almost force) it to start into the system login screen. Yes, this is bad, and I have to end this soap opera. I have also a spare empty disk that I've taken though, and I've made that the time machine backup disk (TMBD) for the last two months of this saga. The owner of this place has an eMac with 10.5, but he can't find his DVD, only the original restore disks.
What I want to do is make a bootable USB flash (drive / stick) using the powerful built-in Darwin / Mac OS X system. I have a 4GB USB stick easy and can possibly sacrifice a 32GB if I need it. All I need is to use the terminal, command line, and/or shell to run diskutil, dd, and/or a time machine if it's available via the shell. I want to send a snapshot of my startup hard disk image to my TMBD. Then I'll format my startup disk and put the stuff back on there.
What I want to do is make a bootable USB flash (drive / stick). I want to use time machine (bulkier on the USB) to pull off my last backup from my TMBD to re-image the startup hard disk in my MBP
I don't know, can I use his eMac with 10.5 to put my system into target disk mode, attach my TMBD to his computer and restore my system after his Disk Utility does some magic? For one, I don't know if his system is clean, such as where indeed he got the 10.5 from if it was legit at all. Secondly, it is 10.5, and I'm not running that. I wonder of a TM restore would be ugly, so I'm apprehensive about going on this route.
I'm perplexed as to why so many people running around saying to use free yet proprietary tools such as SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) when I know for a fact that my machine has a boot sector, boots up, boots up just about fine with a little bit of help because it has a damaged file system, and I can copy key components to a USB and bless it to get it to work. I am not coughing up the $19 for Lion not because I don't have the money, but it's because it's pointless when I have the tools right here in front of me and can get it done. I can't find a single resource that discusses doing this. I'm relatively sure that I can get those in less than 4GB since that's all I need. I just need the technical specifics or at least some info to piece together a working model from other resources on the Internet.
Anybody want to take a whack at this? What are some other sites I should be posting? I'm a bit stumped on what first steps I should take. Also, where did the UNIX forum go? I thought that would be the best route to post.