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Old 12-19-2008, 07:58 PM
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Restoring to an erased internal HD

I have to restore (full restore) from an external USB backup drive to my internal Mac drive following a computer repair that erased the hard drive.

(I guess Apple restores the OS and not much of anything else in situations like that?)

Is doing the 'restore' just a matter of running SuperDuper and choosing the Restore tab? One reason I ask is because the section of the SD user guide that deals with restoring continually refers to Firewire drives and the ability of the Mac to restart from a bootable Firewire drive, even though elsewhere it states that backups (including bootable ones) to USB drives are apparently also okay even though FW is always preferred.

Are there any procedural differences in restoring from a USB drive v. a FW drive?

Also, having already downloaded a Firefox update (i.e., since getting my computer back), I assume that to keep it from being overwritten (by the older version of Firefox included in the backup) I should rename it before doing the 'restore'?

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Old 12-19-2008, 08:00 PM
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The steps are the same: you start up from the backup and use "Backup - all files" to copy from the backup back to the internal drive.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:26 PM
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The steps are the same: you start up from the backup and use "Backup - all files" to copy from the backup back to the internal drive.
Thanks. I'm not sure how to start from the backup. Is it just: hold down 'Option' key during or after restarting, and then there's a menu that allows the user to choose which drive to start from?

Also, does "Backup - all files" mean that anything new on the internal drive will be overwritten? Or is it only files with the same name as those on the backup drive that will be overwritten?

Can the new version of Firefox I now have be prevented from being overwritten just by temporarily renaming it?

In other words, is it possible to selectively preserve some files on the internal drive (other than copying them to a different hard drive, etc.) so that they're not lost when I restore from the external drive?

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Old 12-20-2008, 04:20 PM
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Yes, you hold down Option and select the backup drive, and everything on the internal will be overwritten. Renaming it won't help. You'll have to re-download/reinstall Firefox again. Individual files you could copy to the backup drive before you restore, of course.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:57 AM
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Yes, you hold down Option and select the backup drive, and everything on the internal will be overwritten. Renaming it won't help. You'll have to re-download/reinstall Firefox again. Individual files you could copy to the backup drive before you restore, of course.
OK thanks again. One last pre-restore question: I've been hesitant to do the restore because I've been finding that when navigating online to web-based portals (i.e., Yahoo! and Google), I'm not seeing https:// in the URL line when I log into my accounts. Instead, I'm seeing just http://.

Any idea what might be causing this and whether I need to worry about it in relation to doing the 'restore'? (Might Apple have tweaked something on my computer while it was with them being repaired?)
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:55 AM
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That's not a 'restorable offense'. It sounds like they might be doing the secure login in the field (via a certain type of submission), not necessarily showing it to you on the URL line.
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:56 AM
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I have to restore (full restore) from an external USB backup drive to my internal Mac drive following a computer repair that erased the hard drive.
Please tell us if your Restore from an SD clone worked.

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Old 12-22-2008, 01:45 PM
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Please tell us if your Restore from an SD clone worked.
The Restore is only around 12 hours old, and I'm only now using the computer for the first time since, but so far so good.

Some things about it were a bit unexpected:

1. Although there's a Restore tab, it's apparently not functional in the unregistered version of SD. Yet doesn't it do exactly the same thing that a 'full backup' (i.e., in reverse, from clone to internal HD) does?

2. Following the Restore, I wasn't able to remove the drive icon for the clone drive's boot partition from the Desktop. I took a guess and restarted (w- <Option> key held down) selecting the internal drive as the boot drive. I was then able to remove the clone drive's icon. I don't follow the logic of why that happened, though -- since the booting was already over and done with. Is the boot volume simply not able to be ejected?

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Old 12-22-2008, 01:47 PM
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The inability to use the "Restore - all files" script is an oversight in the released version that we've corrected in the next. But, "Backup - all files" is basically the same unless you have a side-by-side Time Machine backup, which you can't do without registering anyway.

And that's right: you can't eject the startup drive.
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:29 AM
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And that's right: you can't eject the startup drive.
So does that make a restart (with <Option> key) a necessary final step following a Restore, or is there any alternative way of ejecting the backup drive/volume (without a restart) once the Restore has completed?

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Old 12-24-2008, 01:19 AM
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Right, you can not eject the disk the machine used to start. So, if you started from a volume on an external drive (and then copied/restored the external volume to a volume on an internal drive), you will have to reboot from a volume on the internal drive (or some other external drive) before the external disk will be ejectable.
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