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cooper.smithsta
01-12-2007, 05:45 PM
Hey all,
Here's my situation:

I'm hoping to use a 250gb ministack as a bootable backup drive for my 80gb macbook. I will e using the ministack as my boot-drive only occassionally and/or in an emergency. However, that it be bootable is my primary concern.

I know I can ensure the ministack will be bootable by creating a clone w/ "backup all" or "smart update". However, I'd also like to keep *extra* information on the ministack that won't fit onto my macbook (e.g., 95gb of music files; my photo collection, as it grows), and that I don't want to erase every time I want to synch up my macbook HD w/ my ministack.

I was thinking that I could simply use "clone newer" or "clone different" to do this--however, in the SuperDuper! manual, it warns that you should only ever use "Backup-all" or "smart update" if you want your drive/clone to be bootable. Is this really the case? I don't want to have an *exact* clone of my macbook--I want to keep all my extra/excess files, and just update all the system prefs, documents, that may change on my macbook over time.

I suppose I could re-partition the ministack, make one partition for storage and another for an exact clone, but that's undesirable for a number of reasons...

Is it really s important/essential for a drive to be bootable that you use "backup all" or "smartbackup" every time, thus losing all the files which may be different on the backup drive? Why?

Thanks in advance!
Cooper Smith-Stackhouse

dnanian
01-12-2007, 06:02 PM
Yes, it's really important: there are various files in the OS that, if mismatched (which is what you get with a Copy Newer/Different) won't work. It certainly won't restore right -- it'll be a huge messy mix of old and new files.

You should either repartition or -- if bootable-once-restored works for you -- use an image. You'll find a discussion of these various issues in the "Storing a backup alongside other files on a destination volume".

cooper.smithsta
01-12-2007, 06:06 PM
Wow! Thanks for the quick reply!

That's good to know--I've begun the re-partition now. (Actually, I began it immediately after posting my question. As I said: That the ministack be bootable is my primary concern.)

It's good to know, though, that that was the right thing to do in this case!

Thanks again.

dnanian
01-12-2007, 06:12 PM
Make sure you use the right partition format, too -- for an Intel mac, you're going to want the partition scheme to be GUID, Apple Partition Map for PPC. It's behind the Options button in the Partition tab...