Backing Up Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tigerfan88, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. tigerfan88 macrumors newbie


    Apr 10, 2007
    Canberra, ACT, Aus
    Hi there, I've just bought new RAM for my Macbook, and I'd like to back up my whole hard drive before I go tinkering around inside it.

    I've been on the apple support site, but it was a little vague.

    Am I correct in assuming that in order to back up the whole drive, I would be able to simply 'copy' the "Macintosh HD" icon on my desktop and put it on a Mass Storage Device/External Hard Drive for the time being?

    If not, can someone please explain how? I'd hate to loose all my information and stuff. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Just dragging and dropping the hard drive will not truly be a full backup. If you're using Leopard, all you have to do to backup is plug in a hard drive. The Mac will automatically ask you if you'd like to use the drive as a time machine backup drive. Click yes, then wait till it's done working. Bam, full backup.

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