Partitioning and backing up without Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Gokunama, May 13, 2011.

  1. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Hi, I simply want to make a back up to an external drive of photos, pics, music, movies, etc but I don't want to use Time Machine. I'd like to just back up these files so I can reinstall them on either a Mac or Windows if I needed to.

    2 Parts here:

    1.I'm just trying to figure out how to simply back up the following.

    Photo library (does that include home videos as well?
    Movies and Music videos already in iTunes

    I'm also wondering if I can back up my non Mac App Store apps as well.

    2. I want to partition my external hard drive and format the 2nd partition to use both on Mac and Windows.

    Format options in Disk Utility as follows:
    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended
    Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
    Mac Os Extended (Case-sensitive)
    MS-DOS (FAT)
    Free Space

    Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Why not use Carbon Copy Cloner(free) or Super Duper(not free) to make a clone of your Mac. That way it will backup everything, and be bootable in the event of an internal drive failure.

    The clone will require a partition using Mac OS Extended(most use Journaled) and if you want to use it on a Windows PC, that will need to be MS-DOS/FAT 32.

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