Help with backing up

Discussion in 'iMac' started by anatfizz, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. anatfizz macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    So my daughters 24" iMac (don't know what she's running on it) has a software problem, so said the kid at the Genius bar. Boot up goes no further than the spinning icon. I wasn't sure how much she has backed up, probably very little if I know my daughter, so I told them to hold off installing the new software (free they said) until I bought an external HardDrive. They weren't sure how much if any of her stuff would back up ("anywhere from nothing at all to maybe everything") if they were able to get me into the present system. Is this the only option I have available with her computer? That is, hooking up the external HD and trying to back up at the Apple store?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Yup, pretty much. Make sure the EHD is formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and if you can view the machine in Target Disk Mode at the Apple Store manually move her data to the drive. Pay attention to music libraries, photo libraries and movie libraries.

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