Back up, and restore

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Elbeano, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. Elbeano macrumors regular

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    Here's the situation. I've borrowed my girlfriend's macbook for the weekend, and I have a hankering to see how well vista will run on here before I make the decision to buy myself a macbook, or a macbook pro. Anyway... I may die if it is returned to her in any way other it left.

    I would like to make a backup of this computer on to a USB external hard drive before said experiment, then restore the macbook as if no foreign OS ever touched it.

    Can I do it, n' how?
     
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  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Drag all the bits you want back to their respective places. There's an app named Migration Assistant in the Utilities folder although I'm not sure how well it works with USB drives. :)
     
  5. Elbeano thread starter macrumors regular

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    too bad I can't just try it on mine first... I thought migration assistant was only for computer to computer stuff though
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I don't have a USB drive to try this on, but hopefully it'll work if you check the attached option. :)

    If it doesn't work then I'm not sure how you'll transfer the apps and settings. Most of them can be dragged-and-dropped but that's not the case for all of them.

    It might be more work than it's worth considering you have to reformat the drive and reinstall everything because of the Windows partition, unless you can keep it on there. :)
     

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  7. Elbeano thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would prefer everything came out as if nothing had happened... I found that option too after you suggested it, I may have to try that out somehow first...

    thanks much
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, the problem is that you'll be creating a new partition with Boot Camp, which will then have to be removed. You can't do this without reformatting (lose everything) and reinstalling the OS. Maybe ask to borrow her OSX restore discs and all her app's install discs too. :)
     
  9. treblah macrumors 65816

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    That is wrong. You can delete the Windows partition in OS X using the 'Boot Camp Assistant' program and completely restore your original Mac partition.
     

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