Backup to Time Machine - not the root drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dean4931, May 19, 2014.

  1. Dean4931 macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2014

    Wonder if anyone can help with the backup problem I am having.

    My mac harddrive recently decided to fail on me not allowing me to boot the OS. After many, many hours I have managed to get the a fresh install of Mavericks to an external hard drive and boot from there. I can now see my original hard drive and all of the files that are on it which are all readable.

    I now need to back this disk up to network storage so I can reformat the internal drive and restore the original contents. However, I have attempted to set up TimeMachine to backup the internal drive but it only wants to back up the external - where the OS has booted from. Please could someone point me in the right direction on how to back the data up safely? I am happy with any solution to back the data up as long I can easily restore once the internal disk has been formatted.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Just use the free 30-day trial version of Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the internal to the networked drive. Once you start the app it is pretty easy to understand. You just select the source on the left and the destination on the right.

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