Virgin Mac Mini - First Power Up Suggestions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by nylonsteel, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. nylonsteel macrumors 6502a

    nylonsteel

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    Any suggetions on the first thing to do when powering up a new Mac Mini
    I was thinking of doing something along the lines of creating a disk backup?
    Cloning the disk to external hard drive?
    Using a backup program?
    Or other suggestions?
    I am new to Mac migrating from PC
     
  2. kilowattradio macrumors regular

    kilowattradio

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    Mac OS X has an automatic backup system called time machine. You just need an external HD to make the backups when you set up time machine. The first thing you need to adjust to is the Dock.
     
  3. nylonsteel thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. billib macrumors member

    billib

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    Clone and TimeMachine

    Their are several Cloning Applications.
    I Clone and use TimeMachine. If you have a problem, its easier to Clone back
    your most recent and stable Clone. Time Machine is good for
    going back in time to recover something you deleted and now want.
    Also, a clone is bootable and TimeMachine is not. Carbon Copy Cloner
    and SuperDuper are the most popular cloning Applications. I've used both
    extensively and CCC is my favorite.

    If your external HD is large enough, you can easily partition it using Mac's
    Disk Utility in order to make several clones as well as a TimeMachine partition.
    Every morning while I fix breakfast I "Repair Permissions" then make a fresh clone.
    EVERY MORNING!!! Its saved my bacon, so to speak. I would STRONGLY
    urge you to get a Firewire 800 external HD that is 7200 RPM's. You can boot
    your clone from the external and it will run faster than your internal HD
    that is a 5400RPM Disc. Using USB 2.0 to run a clone will be like watching
    paint dry.

    So, Carbon Copy Cloner and a very large FW800 HD that is 7200 RPM's should do it.
    If you run into trouble, let us know.
     
  5. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    There's no particular need to back up a brand new Mac. You have the disks and a restore takes about half an hour -- at which point you're right back where you started.

    Backing up your own stuff is another matter. Time Machine is a good idea.

    A.
     

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