Do I need to backup my iMac before Snow Leopard Installation?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by KratosKilla, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. KratosKilla macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2008
    I'm upgrading my mac to snow leopard but I don't really have a external hard drive to back up my data or the software to do the backup. Is it safe to do an upgrade without backing up? Any help?
  2. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    Yes, you should always backup before installing a new OS.

    External hard drives are cheap and time machine is good.

    Take this as an opportunity to be backing up your computer with time machine as you should have been doing before.
  3. KratosKilla thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2008
    So i can use time machine software to back up to let's say a western digital hard drive?
  4. lalbert4 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    I believe so. I just bought a WD hard drive to do this actually. I think you can partition it too (any mac regulars out there who know for sure?)
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    well let me ask you this,

    what happens if the system "burps" crashes or otherwise fails, where would your data be?

    You always should have a backup, regardless of what you'll be doing. With Leopard, apple made it incredibly easy to have a backup. Plus tools like CCC make creating a cloned disk so easy that it would be foolish to do an upgrade without a backup

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