Backup types

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by geek2b, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. geek2b macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2013

    Like many of us, i take the backup using time-machine every week. But if God forbid my HD crashes, i won't have the os backup.

    Is there any way that i can backup everything, i mean which takes the complete backup of OS and files on HD, which i can restore on new hard disk?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For backups, I recommend Carbon Copy Cloner, which can make a bootable clone of your entire drive. You can use version 3.5.1 ($40) or 3.4.7 (free, and works well on OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8). Unlike SuperDuper!, CCC also clones the OS X Recovery partition.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you are using Time Machine it does backup the OS along with all your apps and data. If you are on Lion 10.7.2 or newer, you can even option key boot from the Time Machine disk and restore the OS and all your data to a new hard drive with no other utility or tools needed.

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