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11-02-2005, 01:26 PM
The user guide mentions this briefly, but what is the recommended strategy for keeping your Macintosh HD updated, while normally booting from a safety clone partition? I figure if something happens and I need to boot from the HD, I'd like it to be reasonably updated with system updates and apps (also to save space on the clone). The guide mentions keeping apps installed in a folder, I will start doing that. Do you boot into the HD, and apply system updates and install apps periodically, then smart update the clone?

11-02-2005, 04:06 PM
One strategy is doing what's suggested in the User's Guide: keep what you need to install, and when you're at a stable point, boot back to the main volume, install it, update the Sandbox, and boot back.

Alternatively, you can "clone back". To do so, while booted from the Sandbox:

- First, back up the original drive in case you make a mistake.
- Select the Sandbox as the source volume, and the original drive as the destination.
- Choose "Backup - all files" as the script
- Choose "Smart Update" as the "During copy" method. You MUST choose "Smart Update" for this to work properly. And, whatever you do, DO NOT choose "Erase, then copy".
- Perform the copy.

This will update the OS and applications, but will not overwrite anything that was shared by SuperDuper!

We don't document this because of the caveats -- you have to be careful/mindful when you perform this operation, or you could mess up. Please, make sure you don't!