Hi, I tried searching the forums, but couldn't find an answer, so I apologize in advance if this has already been asked before.
I just downloaded CarbonCopyCloner, and made a bootable backup to a partition on an external firewire drive. I ended up with a .sparseimage file, as well as a .dmg file. Is this normal? Are there supposed to be two files?
Also, how can I try booting up from the external drive, to check to see if it works? Basically, I would like to clear out the hard drive on my Powerbook, and 'start fresh', but I want to make sure that the backup image works, just in case.
To boot, startup with the Option key pressed, which will launch the Open Firmware (GUI version) and it will start looking for bootable volumes. Wait until it finishes (the arrow cursor re-appears), select your FW drive, and if all is well, it should boot into OSX.
Thanks guys, I'll give that a try. Just so I have an idea if the backup is going correctly... what type of files, and how many should the backup procedure make (if it isn't the .dmg or .sparseimage types)?
Also, another question... by making a backup this way -- Let's say I formatted my laptop drive completely. Will I be able to selectively copy over only the applications/files that I need from the backup, or is the only way to get the programs and files back by performing a complete restore of everything back to the state of the backup?
Hi, I seem to have done the clone properly, since as you said, it shows up exactly the same as my drive now. Mainly I want to do this backup periodically, so if something goes wrong with my laptop, I can easily restore everything to its original state. Actually, now that I think about it.... how would I go about doing that with the clone? Do I just copy everything over?
IN general you just use the clone but it depends on what is critical and how often the backup/synchronization is done- mine is 5 times a day but even then key items like the database and email I usually snag.
There is no one answer as it depends on your use.
I use psynch to schedule teh every 4 four hours backup and it's so quick I rarely notice - I have the log file pop up when it's done just so I know it backed up -
There are other methods as well. A good strategy is to have the long term "irreplaceable" stuff like photos etc on opical as well. If you accidently dump something without noticing a synched clone will also get rid of it.
I do a monthly "archive" that is stored elsewhere and have the photos and some other stuff on optical as well. DVDs are cool as 4.5 gigs pretty much covers the vital stuff for archiving.
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