Creating Disk Image of MacBook to External Drive

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  1. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    My MacBook has to be shipped into Apple for various weird things.

    I have a Time Capsule back-up, but I'd like to clone the disk as well to another external hard disk before I send it in.

    My Time Capsule was so hard to set up (read days and days of AppleCare phone support) and it makes such a loud noise when it's writing data that I just don't trust it as my sole back up.

    What I used to do was start with a fresh external hard disk and use Super Duper to clone the computer's disk.

    Now the thing is, I do have an external hard disk with plenty of room, but it's got movies and stuff saved on it. So, I figured cloning the MacBook to the disk with files already on it is going to cause problems.

    Then it occurred to me that I could use Disk Utility to create a disk image of my MacBook's HDD and have that image saved to the external hard disk!

    Three questions:
    1) Is this possible?
    2) If for some reason I need to recover from the disk image file, will I be able to?
    3) If yes to 1 and 2, should I do this while booted to a Leopard DVD rather than while running the hard disk I am cloning? I'm assuming I should run from the DVD, but just checking.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I don't know about superduper, but Carbon Copy Cloner will image your drive.
     
  3. McGiord, Apr 27, 2008
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