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kaz219 06-16-2006 09:24 AM

Backup and Sandbox
Hi everybody,

I just bought SuperDuper! and I'd like to submit you how I want to use it, so that you can tell me if I misunderstood something.

I have an external firewire hard drive.

I want to use the "sandbox - shared users" option direction partion 1 (MacOS Extended, not Journaled, not CaseSensitive: does it have to be the same as the original volume?) in order to have a bootable external disk.
I than want to backup all the users and the shared documents using "Backup - user files" on partition 2 (same file format as partition 1).

And I have some questions: in the SuperDuper! user's manual is written, that to maintain a sandbox, I have to reboot from it, and install any application I installed on my PowerBook-HD. Isn't it possible to update it without rebooting? Like a smart update of the sandbox?

If my Powerbook HD get broken, will the sandbox be able to boot? Could I explain the sandbox to user the user files on partition 2, if it isn't possible to use those from the PowerBook HD?


dnanian 06-16-2006 09:49 AM

OK, I think you've misunderstood what the Sandbox is for. It's not a backup. Like its name, it's a "Safe place to play" -- but you have to start up from it to use it.

It does not substitute for a real backup, because it doesn't contain your user files, and won't even start properly if your real drive isn't there.

So -- the Sandbox is great when you want to start from it to (for example) test out a software update. But, if you want a bootable backup, you need to use "Backup - all files".

kaz219 06-16-2006 10:13 AM

I just get it. "SandBox" = "place to play"... Sorry!

Ok, so I'll maybe use it if I run into an update that look dangerous to me. I'll use with "backup all" for backup purpose then.


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