Help Backing Up MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Beantown, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Beantown macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Hey guys, I'm going to the Apple store today to get my MBPro's graphics card replaced/repaired. They say I should back up everything on my MacBook before I go in. I don't have any external hard drives, and I have no idea how to back up all my stuff. Can anyone help me out and give me a quick, easy way to back up all my stuff. Thanks.:apple:
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Lol this is a toughy.

    Uhm ok first as an emergency thing basically if you have or can get any blank DVDs (verbatim, not anything else) then you can backup everything on your desktop and in your documents / downloads folder. Do this by inserting the DVD . Os x will bring up a "burn" folder that you can use to drop off your stuff. Alternatively, use a flash drive. A 16 gig sandisk should be less than 35-40 and will be good in the future.

    As far as your apps go you should be able to get them back via their original sites or from CDs.

    The absolute Best method would be a straight clone of the drive using CCC or superduper but you don't have the capacity for that.

    GET THE CAPACITY FOR THIS! Hard drives die!!! Data loss sucks!!!
  3. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    Southern Ontario
    it is never to late to invest in a small external; hard disk they are like $80 for a 500GB and you will hav eit for quite some time, unless you run a series of disks and spend hours and hours and hours switching them >_< and labelling them and then re installing them >_<
  4. chrisvee macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    I managed to get my WD Elements 1TB external harddrive for $99 + tax at Walmart a while back. I see them going for that much on the BestBuy flyers as well! Pretty cheap, and it works grrreat!
  5. Beantown thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Alright thanks guys. Do you think that they could do that for me at the Apple store or what.?
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    apple will sell you a hard drive :D

    they won't do a full backup for you. It'd take hours while sitting on the bar.

    I don't know why I didn't ask before but, can you still see video and interact with the machine or is it completely toasted?

    also, Is it an older macbook pro that was bought before late 2008 or a later macbook pro bought after late 2008 (glass screen?)
  7. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Thw Apple store probably has external HD drives on sale and if they do you could tell the Genius your drive is not backed up, offer to buy a drive and ask them to do the backup before the repairs. I don't know if tjey will accomodate you or not but asking is free.
    If your income depends on your data, get at least 2 backup disks and use them. Otherwise you will eventually pay dearly for not doing so when data loss hits!
    If your data is personal stuff only, DVDs may be enough.
    Good luck.
  8. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2006
    In a Mac box
    May as well learn how to backup your stuff now. Just buy a portable/external HD thats Mac compatible and hook it up, then run Time Machine. Easiest way i can think of.
  9. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    As said above maybe you should invest in an external HDD, they are pretty cheap these days. You dont need a time capsule to use time machine.

    Only other thing you can do is use CDs, dropbox, and flash drives.

    Unless your ISP offers any online storage or you have another computer you could back up too. You could always buy a month of dropbox and back up your home folder.

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