Cloning OS X Install CDs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alfista, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. alfista macrumors member

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    My iMac likes to toss CD's when ejecting them so I'd like to make a backup copy of my system software. I've tried DiscBlaze 6.1.6 which appears to be able to make an proper ISO of the CD, but I cannot boot from it. Any tips?

    Thanks!

    Jason
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    How are you trying to boot from the .iso, You'll need to burn it to a disk. I have copied an install disk before but using the built in disk utility and it worked fine.
     
  3. alfista thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, guess I skipped that part. I burned the ISO back to a CD-R using DiscBlaze as well. Booting from the original CD works fine, but not the image.
     
  4. alfista thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not sure I'm using the right tools, so if there's something better (pref=free) then please feel free to recommend!
     
  5. weckart macrumors 68040

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    The only thing that will work is Disk Utility, if you want to make an image. Lock the image immediately (right click on dmg image >Get Info >tick "locked"). If you mount it before you lock it, it will no longer be bootable after you burn it to disk.

    Nothing else will make a bootable disk image; not DiscBlaze nor Toast. Use these only if you want to copy directly from disk to disk.
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Also, keep in mind that the install CDs are probably DVDs.
     
  7. MonksMac macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks that was really helpful. A Mod should make a sticky out of this.:apple:
     
  8. alfista thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the help...still trying to get DiskUtility working right for this.

    They are in fact CDs originally provided by apple for a CD-only G4 imac.
     

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