How to format an external drive for boot and backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rhimbo, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. rhimbo macrumors member

    rhimbo

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    Hello all,
    I just bought a new iomega external drive that I would like to format to be a bootable backup drive. (I'm not sure if I'll use rsync or TimeMachine yet for doing the actual backups).

    Should I format it using DiskUtility or TimeMachine? Will TimeMachine create a bootable backup?

    Thanks much in advance....
     
  2. Caleb531 macrumors 6502

    Caleb531

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  3. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    Caleb531 is correct.

    If you go for CCC, see this support document for a guide to formatting a drive.
     
  4. rhimbo thread starter macrumors member

    rhimbo

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    Thank you both for your replies. I've downloaded CCC and I'm currently backing up my hard disk.
     

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