Backing up Mac OS X files to Windows?

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  1. realityisterror macrumors 65816

    realityisterror

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    I'm considering reinstalling OS X on my PowerBook, just as a maintenance/clean up procedure.

    However, the only way I could back up all of my files is over Ethernet to a Windows MCE box. I would prefer to just copy all my applications and my Library folders over as well, so that I make sure not to lose anything important (registration files, preferences, applications I bought online)...

    I know that just copying some files can cause them to not work right, and you need to use special utilities to ensure resource forks and whatnot don't go awry. But I think that's more for system files and I'm not sure if it applies to Windows.

    So am I ok to just copy everything over without worry?

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    Zip everything and it should retain all the resource forks etc.
     
  3. realityisterror thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The only problem is that it's going to be a huuge .zip
    But if I divide it up into chunks, I think I have enough spare disk space...

    Maybe I'll do that, that way when I transfer it over the network, it'll be one big file and transfer faster than thousands of small ones. And I won't be prompted to skip stuff over 32 characters long :eek:


    Thanks for the idea

    Edit: any problems with .tar?
     
  4. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    When I use tar -czf to back up stuff on Linux I don't get exactly the same rights and settings when I untar if I remember correctly, so I think the ctrl-click -> zip in Finder is probably safer.
     
  5. realityisterror thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That was my plan, but it's not letting my zip through Finder because of permissions. It requires a sudo.
    I was going to do it from the command line, but I figured just tar'ing would be quicker as it has no compression.

    I'm going to test it first and make sure that the files are usable.
     
  6. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't copying all preferences and such defeat some of the benefits of reinstalling the OS?

    I'm not basing this on anything but my gut, but to me, a clean install would involve backing up documents (word, photos, movies, etc.) and reinstalling the OS then the apps. It would take a lot longer, but things would be "cleaner", no?
     
  7. realityisterror thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that's the plan.

    However, I've done this before and I've lost the registration files for apps I bought online, or I lost my Adium configuration.

    The backup is really a "just in case I realize I forgot something".

    :)
     

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