Second OS choice

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Palad1, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

    Palad1

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    Hello,

    I'd like to install another OS on a firewire hard drive so I can boot on my secondary drive and do a quick
    Code:
    root@rescue$ dd if=$MYPOWERBOOKDRIVE | bzip2 -9> $MYFIREWIREHARDDRIVE/powerbook.bz2 
    The thing is I can't decide which OS I should install.
    Which does have better firewire support? FreeBSD, Ubuntu breezy badger, Darwin, OpenBSD?

    Help (I just need a command prompt, no graphical interface whatsoever... unless it's NeXTish :p )

    Thanks for the tips,
    Palad1
     
  2. cb911 macrumors 601

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    just install OS X! :D

    can i ask... why is it you only want to install only a linux-y OS? i guess you just want a quick boot time, since you'll only be using it for some bzippin'. :p

    what does that command do by the way? restore a backup to your boot volume?
     
  3. Palad1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    dd makes a byte per byte copy of a device, bzip compresses, and the > just stores it to a file.

    I want to make a full backup of my hard drive, because I already suffered a full system loss and it took me weeks to find all the tweaks I added to my tiger, fink and other thingamagies...

    I don't plan on doing restores though... I mean, this time, my HD _will_ survive :D

    Osx only boots in a GUI, I don't need that ... Unless there's a way to swap WindowManager for bash...

    Plus, I'm a GEEK :D
     
  4. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    I would install Mac OS X Server, you can play with all of the server tools and everything and if you ever want to change your Mac into a server you can do it quickly.
     
  5. Palad1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. Palad1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the link.

    I think I'll try Darwin tonight, and if my Mac ever survives I'll post a walkthough (or a guide) here.
     
  8. cb911 macrumors 601

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    ah, i didn't see the dd in there. i posted late at night. :p

    and fair enough, i can understand the geek thing. :D

    you could just boot into Single User Mode in your alternate OS X install. also if you have a 2nd OS X install - you can trouble shoot OS X if you do things like tweak with the system.
     
  9. janey macrumors 603

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    single user mode logs you in as root.

    As for booting up without all that fancy stuff in OS X, a google search would have been useful:
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030716220410216

    i tried looking for that >console thing you use to login, but there's ways to not even look at the loginwindow and just boot directly to the console.
     
  10. cb911 macrumors 601

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    what's wrong with logging in as root? if all you want to do is 'dd' your other drive and bzip it...

    i was just saying that Single User would save time, not having to fully load the OS X GUI etc. and it's always handy to have a 2nd OS X install.
     
  11. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Of course the other obvious thing to do is to use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a complete back up. That way you don't have to boot into single user mode, or even use the command line at all.
     
  12. dsatterfield macrumors newbie

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    Secondary OS For backing up

    Question for you...
    Have you thought about using Disk Utility and the restore option? I use it all the time. Saved my hinney this week when my primary drive failed. And if you have a Sawtooth or later System you can boot from an external Firewire drive.

    Step 1
    Do all updates to system, antivirus, programs
    Step 2
    Make a partition on the drive large enough to hold everything plus 25%
    Step 3
    Run "Repair Disk Permissions"
    Step 4
    Run "Restore"
    Step 5
    Run "Repair Disk Permissions" on new drive
    Step 6
    Run "Repair Disk"
    Step 7
    Boot from Firewire Drive to make sure it works

    Simple, Elegant

    You could also create a DMG file and burn it off to a DVD.

    Hope this helps
    David


     
  13. Palad1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using this solution because I need to compress my disk image... I don't have enough space for a restore :/

    Ubuntu linux gave me a strange error while "dd"ing my /dev/hda... device not active.

    Maybe a power management issue... round two tomorrow :D
     

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