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justal
11-10-2004, 12:36 PM
Right, I've decided it's time to start backing things up properly, so this is my plan. I'd like to know if it all sounds OK / sensible and have a few questions along the way.

First up, I have a G4 powerbook with internal 80GB HD. I have been looking around for an external firewire HD to use as the backup drive and like the look of the Lacie D2 200GB EXT Firewire 800, 400 & USB2 HD 7200rpm +. I've also come across a few problems people have been having with certain FW HD's and OS 10.3.6. So, first question is does anyone know if there is a problem with this drive and the latest OS versions? Can anyone recommend or dissuade me from getting this drive.

Once I have a suitable HD, I'll the partition the external drive. the first partition will be 80GB and will therefore allow me to backup my entire Powerbooks drive, using SuperDuper! to create a bootable clone. I'll then set up a regualr schedule to 'smart update' the bootable clone. I guess I should every now and then boot up from this backup partition just to make sure it is working OK.... Or will I be safe just trusting SuperDuper to do its thing?

I'd then quite like to have another partition on the external drive that simply has a fully working and bootable verison of the OS... Just in case I have updated something on the powerbook which later turns out to have been a mistake and that has also been copied to the backup... At least i'll then be able to boot up from the second partition and carry on working until I have time to sort things out. I'm presuming that I could use the safety clone feature of SuperDuper! to create this bootable version of the OS. I'll then be able to start up from the safety clone if I need to and still have access to my users files etc from the drive with the broken OS. Is that right? And, how big will the partition for the safety clone need to be.

I'll then use the remainder of the external FW hard drive to store the less essential stuff such as my iTunes library, which I will probably back up to DVD's, as although it won't stop me from working if I lose my iTunes library, it would be pretty annoying.

Does all of that sound sensible / achievable? Is there anything I have missed?

Cheers.

Al.

dnanian
11-10-2004, 01:42 PM
I've got that same drive, Al, and haven't run into a problem with it once I installed the latest firmware update.

Creating a bootable OS-only clone should work fine using the Safety Clone script. You'll need somewhere around 8-12GB. To figure out how much, try creating one on a temporary volume. Add a few GB for temporary files and swap files, and there you go.

(As an iTunes library tip -- you can burn a playlist pretty easily to DVDs, so examine the built-in backup capabilities it's got...)

Hope that helps!

justal
11-10-2004, 01:48 PM
Thanks very much.... Looks like its time to flex my credit cards muscles and get the LaCie drive and SuperDuper!. :)

Al.

dnanian
11-10-2004, 02:37 PM
Great. Let us all know how things go!

justal
11-16-2004, 02:43 PM
Well, I got the 160GB LaCie hard drive in the end as finances didn't quite stretch to the 200GB version. It arrived today I plugged it in and my Powerbook recognised ot straoght away. I then partitioned it into three partitions with no porblems. Ran SuperDuper! and cloned my entire internal hard drive to my new backup partition. This took about 1hr 30 mins for 70GB of data via Firewire 800. I then restarted from the SuperDuper! clone on the external HD and everything seemed fine.... Although I have to say that when accessing the LaCie drive is's a bit noisy!... Min you I am used to the super quiet internal HD on my Powerbook.

So far so good..... Now time to register SuperDuper! so that I can make use of the SmartUpdate feature.

Cheers.
Al.

dnanian
11-16-2004, 07:36 PM
Sounds like you're well on the way, Al -- congrats! You're going to love Smart Update...