Bootable drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sigi, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Sigi macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2007

    I run an intel based imac on Tiger. and I have a Smartdisk crossfire 160GB external harddrive which has FW 400 and USB 2.0.

    I would like to create bootable backup of my harddrive on the 160 GB disc - I would just like to have the OS + apps on this in case I need it.

    All my music, files, pictures are saved on another external harddrive.

    My questions:

    1. I have read that a bootable disc should be formatted as GUID - is that correct?

    2. I know that a bootable disc has to have FW; BUT do I have to actually have to use the Firewire cable or can I hook up the disc via USB. In other words is the key just the capability or is it actually necessary to use the cable.

    3. How do I get the OS + apps + all the preferences over on the external harddrive. My internal drive has only one partition. I actually do not want a clone of my whole internal HD but just a clone of what I need.

    Thanks for your help

  2. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    1) Yes, intel macs have to use the GUID format

    2) The only way the computer will know you have a FW drive connected is to connect a drive with a FW cable. If you connect it with USB, the computer will identify it as a USB drive...well duh! :p

    3) Use CarbonCopyCloner, it allows selective bootable cloning of only the items you choose......other clone apps may do this as well......

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