Can I backup an OS 9 machine like bootcamp?

tevion5

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I want to reinstall Mac OS 9 on my power mac 8600/250. I have aquired a retail disk and I want to wipe it clean. However it has some really old software on it and I would hate to get rid of it permanently. Also I would like the ability to restore to the way it is now if I wanted.

Is this possible, can I backup the whole system somehow?

I have copied the contents of the Hard Disk to my G5 as a backup that way, but I am looking for something I could use as a system restore, just like time machine. Does OS 9 have any feature like this?
 

chrfr

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Does OS 9 have any feature like this?
The classic Mac OS didn't need a system like Time Machine because you could just drag and drop the entire contents of the disk to another and it would run just fine.
 

tevion5

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The classic Mac OS didn't need a system like Time Machine because you could just drag and drop the entire contents of the disk to another and it would run just fine.
I see. So if I were to reinstall MAC OS 9 and the simply copy and paste all the old stuff it would run without any registry errors and such?

Also, when I clean install, will all the drivers for a Power Mac 8600 be incuded in that even if I use a retail copy? I won't end up hunting for loads of drivers?
 

Andropov

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I see. So if I were to reinstall MAC OS 9 and the simply copy and paste all the old stuff it would run without any registry errors and such?

Also, when I clean install, will all the drivers for a Power Mac 8600 be incuded in that even if I use a retail copy? I won't end up hunting for loads of drivers?
Yes, it should run without a problem.

And yes, for sure. Retail copies include drivers for all models supported (PM 8600 is supported).
 

chrfr

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I see. So if I were to reinstall MAC OS 9 and the simply copy and paste all the old stuff it would run without any registry errors and such?
There's no registry or anything even close to an equivalent.
 

tdiaz

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As for backup, just make an image of the whole disk, too. Then you don' t have to worry about anything getting left off, dis-associated, etc.

I've had silly things like resource forks go missing, and ftype/creator get cleared on rare occasion, with later OS X releases and since usage on those has been long depreciated, I'm not surprised.

Not been able to run down exactly what/why/when. But to be on the cautious side..
 

tevion5

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There's no registry or anything even close to an equivalent.
Cool, not a bloated mess like windows then!

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As for backup, just make an image of the whole disk, too. Then you don' t have to worry about anything getting left off, dis-associated, etc.

I've had silly things like resource forks go missing, and ftype/creator get cleared on rare occasion, with later OS X releases and since usage on those has been long depreciated, I'm not surprised.

Not been able to run down exactly what/why/when. But to be on the cautious side..
How can I make a disk image of the whole HDD in OS 9?
 
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