Time machine backup of my mac once the hard drive is removed

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ref18, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. ref18 macrumors newbie

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    Oct 14, 2012
    #1
    Hi,

    I have recently booted up to the flashing question mark, and I haven't been able to boot onto my hard drive, when I try to boot from a startup disk, it doesn't recognize my hard drive for what it is.

    So I removed it and connected it to another mac externally and found out that all my data is still intact.

    I'm wondering if I can create a time machine backup from this hard drive that is now contained in an external enclosure.

    It's a 128gb SSD drive that came with my mac. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    Feb 20, 2009
    #2
    "I'm wondering if I can create a time machine backup from this hard drive that is now contained in an external enclosure."

    Don't use Time Machine.

    Use the FREE version of CarbonCopyCloner (version 3.4.6) instead.
    You can download it here:
    http://www.bombich.com/download.html

    If you use CCC to "dupe" it, the clone may be bootable (it may not if there is/was some kind of problem with the contents of the drive).

    I suggest you give it a try. A CCC cloned backup can be accessed immediately, and may be more useful to you than a TM backup.
     

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