How to back up computer

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by EJBasile, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    Hi everyone,

    I'm sending my powerbook in to apple. I want to back up everything on my powerbook. That means the OS files, apps, and documents.

    Whats is the best way of doing this? Carbon Copy Cloner?

    Also, if I use CCC to copy over all my files, how do I copy my old hard drive, back onto my new one.

    Thanks for help,

    p.s. I'm searching the threads too :)
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I personally just make a copy of the Home folder. I don't like to trust any of these third party apps to do it, but that's just me. :)
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  4. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    thats all i do as well. just back up that folder and i have everything that i need right there
  5. EJBasile thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    So if I make a disk clone and put it on my ex. HD, how would I copy it back onto my PowerBooks?
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    My backup tool of choice would be SuperDuper (linked to above).

    Using SuperDuper clone your PowerBooks drive to your external drive. When your PB comes back, plug in the external drive and boot from it (which you will be able to do, as it is a clone of the PB's boot drive anyway), from there log in and run SuperDuper again and clone from the external drive back to the onboard drive.
  7. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.

    I have used Carbon Copy Cloner to do exactly what you are talking about. My PB needed to go into the shop and I needed to make a back-up that I could work from while it was away. Here are the steps:

    1) Use CCC to make a clone of your HD onto an external drive.
    2) Plug HD into another Mac via Firewire
    3) Select the external drive as the StartUp disk and reboot.
    4) You should now be able to run on an EXACT copy of your old HD, but on the new machine.
    5) Send the PB off for repair.
    6) Keep working on the external drive.
    7) The PB returns so plug in the external drive and select it as the StartUp disk.
    8) Now that you are working off of the external drive on your newly fixed PB, just run CCC one more time to clone the external drive to the PBs internal drive.

    It has worked for me multiple times. The key is that you can only clone to a non-StartUp disk so you have to StartUp using the copy that you want to retain.

    Good luck.
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Edit: duplicate info - nevermind... ;)
    Gotta get more coffee in me before I strt posting... :D
  9. jsalzer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    CCC Works?

    I loved CCC, but I haven't been able to get it to work (it freezes at the authentication window) in a long time many updates ago. I just re-checked the web site, and it still hasn't been worked on since 2003. How are people still using it? Are you still in Panther? I'd love to see it come back to life.
  10. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    CCC works w/Tiger

    There is an updated version for Tiger:

    Alternately, there are various hacks for running the old version under Tiger. Search for CCC and Tiger on The easiest "hack" is simply to run it as root, but even easier is simply downloading the Tiger compatible version linked above.
  11. jsalzer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    Better versioning

    Huh - thanks for the info. You know, the version I had, which doesn't work, is 2.3.

    I just downloaded the 2.3 you pointed me to, and it authenticates with no problem.

    And both Versiontracker and Bombich's site (in some places) say that it was released in 2003.

    Me thinks there are version numbering issues.

    But, in any case, thanks for bringing back my old friend CCC, which I would have left for dead until seeing a version number increase. :)
  12. EJBasile thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    How should my ext. HD be formatted?

    Does it matter?
  13. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    HFS+ with Journaling enabled. Same as the internal... :cool:
  14. EJBasile thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    Mine HD says its formatted as Mac OS extended (journaled)

    is that the same thing as HFS+??
  15. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...yup, same thing....oh yeah!
  16. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I also have been trying to back up my HD. Have successfully backed up Desktop, Documents, Movies, Pictures, Public, and Sites to a CD. It took two to complete the task. Also mades a duplicate CD. Haven't started on Music yet, but do wonder if I save it via Toast data. Think it said it would save 19 songs at a time.

    My more immediate problem is with Library, which Doctor Q said is very important. Toast would almost finish copy then it would find a bad file in Tech Tools Pro. The CD locked, had to force quit. Do an erase. Found the offending file which I put in the trash. Restarted the copy, then it found another bad file. A that point I quite not knowing what is going on. Did a force quit. Also was able to successfully erase the disk. Any comments, not sure if my information is complete enough. :eek: Either ask questions or maybe iChat would help.
  17. jsalzer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004

    For CD or DVD backups, working through the Finder and Toast just doesn't work after OS9. I use Impression (which can be downloaded at Tell it which folders to backup and let it figure out how to split them up on the CD's. All you have to do is pop them in when it wants you to.

    There are other programs that do similar things. All have strengths and weaknesses. None are perfect yet (that I've found.) :)


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