View Full Version : Backing up PowerBook; need quick help

Jun 15, 2005, 05:51 PM
Okay, here's the setup.

My mother owns a PowerBook. She will be sending it to Apple for repairs (the pins on the charger are damaged and the case is a tad warped, so its hard to charge it). She has a lot of important data, all in the form of documents and TIFF images. She's worried that something will go wrong and all her data lost or something when it goes to Apple.

The PowerBook has a 40 GB hard drive. We have an extra PC around here with an almost-empty 80 GB drive.

I would like to back everything up. How can this be done? I've heard of a program called Carbon Copy Cloner; would that work?

What can I use to back the Mac up to the PC? For free?

I need an answer quickly. If it can't be done easily, CompUSA will back up the data for a fee.


Jun 15, 2005, 06:11 PM
You could just back up her Home folder by copying it over to the PC's drive (assuming it's formatted as FAT32). That should keep most of personal documents/images/apps intact. But you'd lose some of her system settings (airport passwords etc) if Apple wiped the HD.

Superduper will make a clone of an entire system that you can restore to. The problem is that to make a bootable clone, you'd need the drive to be HFS+ and not FAT32

Jun 15, 2005, 06:17 PM
We've kinda got stuff scattered all over the drive :D

Would it be possible to save that clone of the system onto the PC to transfer back later?

Jun 15, 2005, 06:21 PM
Not sure exactly how the cloning works.

Have a read through superduper's (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html) site and see if that gives any clues. They have a discussion board where you might be able to get a definitive answer.

Jun 15, 2005, 06:27 PM
Hmm, I'm noticing the price tag (CompUSA backs it up too for a small fee). Can the trial version do the same things?

Jun 15, 2005, 06:30 PM
The trial version does a basic back up free (which is all you'd be using). The fully registered version allows you to do incremental backups and safety clones.

Jun 15, 2005, 06:35 PM
Alrighty, I'll download it now and see if its doable with the PC. Thanks.

Anyone else have any other apps in case it doesn't work?

Jun 15, 2005, 06:36 PM
I'm always stunned at how cavalier people are with their data. If the data is important, it should be backed up whether or not your mom is going to have the computer serviced. If you're not using the PC, buy a firewire enclosure for its hard drive, and use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy all the data onto the hard drive. Problem solved permanently for $50.

Jun 15, 2005, 06:44 PM
I realize that, and I actually did back it all up a few months ago onto an iPod. It's just too big to back up to the iPod now. When the drive only had like 15 gigs used I backed up all her stuff to a 20 GB iPod.

Jun 15, 2005, 07:00 PM
Well I'm going to try backing up her files individually onto the iPod and using the .Mac Backup app for all the settings and iPhoto library and all.

Completely forgot about Backup. I figure that might work.