Superduper and USB???

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  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

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    Just got a sleek portable 160 GB WD HD, and it's only USB 2.0 . I also have a purchased version of Superduper. What is the best way to back up my MBP using this USB HD? I know you can make backups bootable, but I believe that's only using a Firewire HD... is that correct? Thanks!
     
  2. cbetta macrumors regular

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    it's simple: you can MAKE backups on that driver, but you can't boot from them. Whenever I have a problem with my OS, I normally tend to boot into my backup and then "backup the backup" baxck to my harddrive. I dont know if superduper has its own restore function cause I never tried, but you would need to use that.

    Obviously you could always start the Mac OS X install disc and use Disc Utility to restore the backup to you harddisk.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i believe with the transition to Intel chips that USB 2.0 is now bootable with the Intel macs. but i could be wrong...
     
  4. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    okay cool. So ill make a back up and save it to the HD. If my HD blows up and I get a new one, I would then boot up with the OS X disk, then restore the HD using the back up copy on the external?( using disk utility or superduper ). No problems?
     
  5. cbetta macrumors regular

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    Exactly!

    And just for the record: my MacBook CD CAN'T boot from USB. It's a Mac thing, not a PPC vs Intel thing.
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Yes you can.

    For fun today, I just set up my 4GB Thumb Drive so that my iMac can boot from it. Works pretty well.

    BTW, if you are booting to an Intel Mac, you must make a GUID partition to boot from.
     
  7. M@lew macrumors 68000

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  8. cbetta macrumors regular

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    He, it works, my bad. I forgot that I never had mij external 80GB usb disk formated to HSF. Thi is good news, cause you are now good to go with superduper!
     
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