Got new MBP, selling old iMac, Best Way to Backup??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by megamouse, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. megamouse macrumors member

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    Hi, just got a new MBP and thinking to sell my 2 year old iMac.

    I would like to backup all my files in the old iMac and then format the HDD and reinstall Leopard on it.

    I would like to use the backup dmg as a bootable image for future use, if possible.



    I can think of three ways:

    1. Start up my iMac, connect my USB external HDD (I don't have a firewire one), run Disk Utility, under Restore, copy iMac's HDD to the external one;

    2. Start up my iMac with MBP's Leopard DVD, run Disk Utility from top menu. under Restore, copy iMac's HDD to to the external one;

    3. Connect iMac to MBP, start up my iMac into Target Disk Mode. Run Disk Utility on MBP, under Restore, copy iMac's HDD to to the external one.



    1 is the simplest way, i think. Option 2 could be safer. Option 3 is the most complicated one, and I want a bootable backup. Which one should I use??


    Thank you.
     
  2. ghking macrumors regular

    ghking

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    SuperDuper will clone your whole drive for you onto an external drive that you can boot from
    and its free
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Super Duper clones the entire hard drive, so all the applications, Libraries and other System files will be copied too. And that takes usually longer than a normal copy, the capable read and write speeds will not be reached.

    Option three only functions if you use a firewire cable.

    Option one seems to be a good one, except you need all files outside of your User folder. Every setting of yours, Applications, mail, bookmarks, ...., are saved under /users/you/Library, so copying your user folder might be more than enough.

    Or Super Duper.
     
  4. megamouse thread starter macrumors member

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    ah, I see, thanks guys.

    I came across carbon copy cloner, but not sure the images are bootable.

    Will use Super Duper now, thank you :D
     

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