I've decided that I need to do a clean install on my Mac Mini. I've never had to reformat a Mac before and I'm wondering how to go about it. <br>Also, I'm limited on how much I can back up. I don't have to worry about the core programs, since I have the CD's. Is there a guide or process best used for backing up a Mac? Which files do and don't need to be backed up?<br><br>Oh yeah, one more thing. What's the best way to restore a Mac? The reason I ask is because I don't want to just slap everything back on the Mini. Something happened when I transfered all my stuff on to it from my Powerbook and the Mini has been prone to lock up. I want to restore it as cleanly as possible... if that makes sense.<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by skuldugary on 03/22/05 11:57 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
#221042 - 03/22/0509:00 AMRe: Which files to back up?
I usually do the Docs folder, Preferences folder and App Support folder. When everything's reinstalled, I drag back the files for the apps I need. I keep those backup folders around for about a week or two in case I forgot something. I figure anything I haven't needed by then can be trashed.<br><br>
What Sam said, and I usually just backup my whole home folder. <br><br>Then, I would boot off the OS CD or DVD, go into disk utility (and some call this overkill) and erase the hard drive with the "zero all data" option. <br><br>Then restore that puppy right onto the sweet virgin hard drive <br><br>
I have photos, doc, music, things like that which don't reside in the folders you've named. I'm assuming that you back those up too?<br><br>Maybe it's simpler to ask, what I don't need to back up.<br><br>
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Do yourself a favor and get a LaCie external drive that is about 3 times the size of your main HD, and just drag everything over...<br><br>[color:red]5.19.05 - The 'Jedi Slaughter' tour begins!</font color=red>
That's what I did. I have a 200 Gig Seagate FireWire/USB 2 ext. HD and I used Carbon Copy Cloner. Took about 10-15 minutes and I had my whole HD copied to the external. It's nice to be able to boot off the external drive and you can just reverse the process if things go screwy on your internal drive.<br><br>
Helpful tip: (that I almost learned the hard way)<br><br>If you are backing up any complete drive (to be bootable) or any system files to an external drive, make sure you choose Get Info on each partition and uncheck "Ignore File Permissions". Otherwise it sets the owner to yourusername and the group to unknown for every file and you can't boot from it.<br><br>This happened to me when I replaced a drive that was making scary sounds in my PowerMac G4. Luckily I was able to redo the copy with the permissions intact before it died.<br><br><br>
So, Carbon Copy makes an actual copy of the files to a new location? They are just markers or flags, but the real data?<br><br>The reason I ask is because I made what I thought was a copy of my harddrive once and formatted the drive. Only then did I discover that the copy was not the real files. I had wiped out my entire drive and lost everything.<br><br>So, you can understand how nervous I am about backing up.<br><br>
I want to back up to my Power Book. I have enough space to back up to it and still keep the files that already reside on that drive, but CCC doesn't see my Power Book. Finder sees it, but CCC doesn't. Any ideas?<br><br>
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