Back up HD NOT using Time machine

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  1. matteusclement macrumors 65816

    matteusclement

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    Not as if I don't like time machine, but i don't need the constant back ups.
    What I need is one snap shot of a fresh install that i am about to do. All the important info I have is on multiple external hard drives.
    Again:
    1. I am going to format
    2. re-install all my programs
    3. take a "snap shot" of my hard drive

    then in the future, if my internal gets messy, I can just back up.
    Should I make a partition on the external then create my internal as a disc image?

    imac intel dup core 2ghz
    osx 10.5.6
    4 gigs ram
    250 gig internal
    320 x 2 external fw
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Just use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the snapshot to the external.
     
  3. tlauer1 macrumors newbie

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    Step 1: Turn on Time Machine
    Step 2: Backup with Time Machine
    Step 3: Turn off Time Machine
     
  4. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    At my IT job we use Norton Ghost or Acronis for doing image backups of computers.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Neither of those work on Mac, but if the OP wants an image instead of a clone, Disk Utility will do it - although, I think you might have to boot from the install DVD.
     
  6. matteusclement thread starter macrumors 65816

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    with the time machine do I have to dedicate a whole hard drive to it?
     
  7. uaecasher macrumors 65816

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    no can use partition of hard disk
     
  8. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    You don't even need a whole partition. TM creates a folder which will happily live with other files and folders.
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    As long as the drive/partition is formatted for Mac.
     
  10. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper have another advantage over Time Machine: You can boot from the cloned drive. It is very simple to restore. You only need to make a partition equal in size to the partition you are cloning.
     

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