Sending my PB away for white spot problem, what should I do about user settings?

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  1. advres Guest

    advres

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    This is a repost because No One answered last time with a more obscure title, sorry all:

    I am one of the unfortunate souls that now has white spots appearing on my 15 alPB's screen. Next week I am sending it away to apple for a replacement screen.

    Here is my delema. The Apple genius at my local Apple store (where I am sending my PB to be fixed from) told me to (obviously) back up my HD and to make a new user that the book automatically boots to with Admin. Privileges so they can trouble shoot if need be.

    My question is: Can I make a perfect copy of my HD with all personal settings intact and be able to retrieve it? The reason I am asking is because I would like to erase and install OSX clean so I don't have any tech guy at apple going through my personal stuff. I have a lot of things from work (at a software company) that I would rather not let just anyone peer through. I figured If I could send them a box stock PB and then somehow restore everything the way I had in before would be my ideal course of action. I have plenty of space of my firewire drive for everything on my PB.

    Even if this is not a possibility I would really appreciate some input on what you think I should do. Also, If there is an easier way to keep my stuff out of sight from their prying eyes, I would be interested in hearing those comments as well.

    Thank you all for the help in advance!!!
     
  2. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You can use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a complete backup (a clone :D) of the drive. You'll be able to retrieve it later, then you can just nuke & pave the HD and send it off.
     
  3. advres thread starter Guest

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    Does this just copy my home directory or what. will I have to install all of my 3rd party applications again?

    Sorry I am so nieve but I never really backed my HD up and this is the perfect time to learn and start doing on a regular basis.
     
  4. advres thread starter Guest

    advres

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    Does this just copy my home directory or what. will I have to install all of my 3rd party applications again?

    Sorry I am so nieve but I never really backed my HD up and this is the perfect time to learn and start doing on a regular basis.
     

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