backing up to an external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pammy, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. pammy macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I recently bought an external hard drive 3.5 HDD Enclosure (80 GB) and want to back up mac mini (80 GB) with 29.82 GB used.
    What I am doing: Command and clicking on hard drive and dragging to the external hard drive. Starts copying. Asks for permission, and then sets on its' course. Check on it next day and it says cannot copy documents and the hard drive is only 12 GB used.
    Not copying completely. I am copying under my profile and not the administrator. Is that a possible reason for partial back up?
    Should I be dragging the hard drive from a certain path? I am using the icon on my desktop and the info says it is "volume" as in not an alias.
    Your feedback appreciated.

    Pammy.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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  3. pammy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I have installed the program and read through the instructions. I will give it a go tonight and let you know.
     
  4. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Carbon Copy Cloner is another good tool.

    I just get my drives to backup some time in the middle of the night - that way when I wake up refreshed I know that I've got two copies of my work.

    It might be worth burning the most important files to CD too - this way you can be nearly positive you will never loose work.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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  6. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    yellow - i love your avatar. it's like cletus is telling me how to back up my hard drive. very funny. :D
     
  7. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    i second superduper!

    what i like is that with the free version you can:

    set origin and target
    repair permissions
    erase and prepare target
    copy users or entire disk
    make bootable
    put computer to sleep

    all at once in one neat workflow. very nifty, i'm actually thinking about purchasing it to access the locked features.

    i used to use silverkeeper but it's a bit clunkier to use though it gets the job done.
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Ya take that thar externy driveum critter, hooks it up to your presdadigitation device, runs yourself some cloney-type thingamajiggy..
     
  9. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    Another Vote for SuperDuper.

    What up in Van!!

    good to see more Vancouverites on here! :)
     

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