How to best use Super Duper to back up several computers ?

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  1. FrenchPB macrumors 6502

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    Guys,


    I just bought a Western Digital 1To drive to back up my iMac, my girlfriend's MacBook, and my other external hardrive on which I put all my videos.

    Since I already use Time Machine with an other smaller drive, I would like to use that new 1To drive to be my master bakcup system, with bootable disk image of the two computers. I bought SuperDuper to do all that, but I'm not quite sure how to best use it.

    Basically, I'd like to do a total backup of the two computers once a month, as well as back up the files on m multimedia hard drive.

    How should I do that ? Do I need to create three partitions on the new disk ? How do bootable images work ? How do you boot from an other computer with your superduper backup ? ...

    I hope you can give me the best practice and advice on how to do that. :apple:
     
  2. FrenchPB thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Damn, when I formatted my brand new harddrive, I got an error at the end using disk utility. Does that mean the disk will never work ?

    I am trying to reformat it again, but it takes 9 hours !!
     
  3. Matek macrumors 6502a

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    If it takes 9 hours, you're doing something wrong. Did you enable any options that write zeros to the whole drive (erase empty data?) or anything like that? You shouldn't do it.

    A proper quick format should be over in less than a minute and even a regular one shouldn't take more than half an hour.
     
  4. FrenchPB thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I'm writing zeros once to the whole disk, to check that it all works well. I've always done that when buying a new harddrive, probably not necessary :)

    I will hec the disk wih disk warrior if it doesn't work after that.

    Then, how should I use SuperDuper ? Do I need to create several partitions on it to backup several computers ?
     

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