Backing up my "Software Updates"?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by generik, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. generik macrumors 601

    generik

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    Hi,

    I just did a full download of all the "Software Updates" that were available.. woah.. quite a lot.. and I thought Windows was bad :D

    Is it possible to backup those installed packages? Just in case I need to reinstall my entire OS, at least I won't have to download them :D

    Thanks!
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Instead of using software update, you can download the updates from Apple's website. That way you can save the files. But I don't reinstall OS X. I just make full backups of my drive every month or so. Never had to use them though.
     
  3. generik thread starter macrumors 601

    generik

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    How do you backup your drive? A Mac equivalent of Norton Ghost?
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I use SuperDuper to make a complete bootable backup to an external firewire drive.
     
  5. generik thread starter macrumors 601

    generik

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    Any chance that it'd work with USB drives?

    Or even *gasp* an iPod connected via FW?
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure you can back up to USB. I know you cannot boot from USB though.

    Yes, you can. But a full bootable backup is a bit for bit transfer. Meaning if you are using 20 GB of space on your computer, you will use 20 GB of space on you iPod.

    I actually have two externals. One is 250 GB and for storage. The other is 100 GB (the same size as my system hard drive) and firewire. I use it for backups and only backups. I never had to recover from it, but I think it was a good investment any way.
     
  7. MikeGA macrumors newbie

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    What you can do is tell Software Update to retain the packages afters it's downloaded and installed them. This way, you can backup the folder:

    /Library/Packages

    (I think that's right!)
     

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