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HT1427: Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac

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HT1427 Does Time Machine work as a bootable drive?

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108bob Calculating status...
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Mar 8, 2013 11:59 AM

Did not make a bootable backup drive when first installing mountain lion.  i do have time machine working an external drive.

Does Time machine work as an external bootable drive?

 

If not,  i think i read i could download the app again, and make a copy then but not run the setup again.

Is this necassry/useful for the future?

Everything is working okay now.

 

Also, this is a 2007 iMac running Intell with 4 GB memory- which I understood was the max.  S     Was suggested to me that I can actually increase to 6 GB memort. 

Is this correct?  Do i have to then get 2 3 GB memory cards to do so?  do they exist?

 

Thanks

Bob

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to 108bob)

    Time Machine doesn't create bootable backups. If you want to make bootable backups, you have to use an app as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.

     

    Mid 2007 iMacs can use 6 GB of memory. You can buy the memory in OWC or Crucial > http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/iMac/Intel_Core_2_Duo

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,740 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to 108bob)

    1. If the backup was performed from Mountain Lion, it contains a recovery partition. If not, it's not bootable until restored.

    2. You need to get a single 4GB RAM module.

     

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  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,180 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to 108bob)

    108bob wrote:

     

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    Does Time machine work as an external bootable drive?

     

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    No.

     

    Time Machine vs. Clones and Archives

     

    108bob wrote:

     

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       Was suggested to me that I can actually increase to 6 GB memort. 

    Is this correct?  Do i have to then get 2 3 GB memory cards to do so?  do they exist?

     

     

    You can use this Link to check which RAM is suitable for your Mac...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/

     

     

    It is Important to get the Correct and Matching RAM

     

    For best performance, fill all memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

     

     

    That site also has videos on how to Install RAM should you need it...

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,850 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 12:42 PM (in response to 108bob)

    In case you're confused by the apparently conflicting responses, a Time Machine volume on a locally-attached hard drive (not a network drive, such as a Time Capsule) is bootable into Recovery, provided that you have a recovery partition on at least one of the volumes being backed up to it. The effect is the same as booting from the recovery partition on the source volume, with one difference: you can partition the boot drive in Disk Utility, which you can't do while booted from it. To boot in this way, hold down the option key at startup.

     

    You can't, however, boot into a copy of the source system on the TM volume.

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