Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by africano, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. africano macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Hi all,

    Have to hand in old work macbook and getting new macbook air from work. Been asked to back up macbook before handing it back.

    Any assistance on this?

    Please hep, its urgent!

  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    The first thing you can do is plug in an external hard drive, find the content you really really really can't do without and copy it to the external drive. One less thing to worry about.

    Secondly you can look into CCC or alike (carbon copy cloner or something), these are free or paid apps that help you mirror the hard drive bit by bit, giving you a bootable clone.

    Thirdly you can just pick specific things out of there I guess. And not make a clone, but just backup certain directories. Maybe those apps support that too.

    Finally, you could run a time machine on that usb drive as well. And then on the new machine you can do 'migrate data from time-machine backup' to restore it.

    Once you are confident you have a few copies of your data, maybe it's time to wipe the old macbook drive so when you return it your personal data isn't at risk of being leaked to the net.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Use Carbon Copy Cloner, with an external drive, and that will give you an exact image of your mac.
  4. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Depending on how your company IT has your computer set up, CCC may not be a great idea. I would go with the suggestion to do a manual backup of all your data and application installers. You COULD do a TM backup and restore but that might also introduce some issues as it wants to create a new user account matching the old one.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Download CarbonCopyCloner.

    CCC is FREE to download, and it's FREE to use for the first 30 days.

    It will create a fully bootable cloned copy of your internal drive, which (when booted from) will look EXACTLY LIKE the source drive.

    CCC is one of the best pieces of Mac software out there.
    Give it a try...
  6. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    I'm another recommender of Carbon Copy, a most excellent utility. Unless the firm just wants you to copy your files onto a USB drive?

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