Best way to back up a hard drive without time machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by xkmxkmxlmx, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    I am trying to help a friend save his files before his HDD completely fails him on his PowerBook. What would be the best way to go about grabbing as many files as possible without using time machine?

    Could I just back up his entire Mac folder?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Do you have a Mac as well? If so boot his into target disk mode with a FireWire cable and use your Mac to image the drive with disk utility.
  3. xkmxkmxlmx thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    I don't have a mac near his mac (at his house right now).

    Can I do that with a firewire external?

    Also, he is on snow leopard, and will probably be getting a Lion based system soon. Will the backups have any incompatibility?
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I'd use SuperDuper! It's capable of making a full backup of the Mac's internal drive, and even makes it bootable.

    Carbon Copy Cloner is a similar product.

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