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Old 06-25-2006, 05:30 PM
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Am I barking up the right tree?

New to this- so let me try something on here.

As I understand it, I can either back up my user files (no OS or Apps) or make a bootable clone (does contain my OS, all of my Apps and user files, etc--that is, EVERYTHING that is currently on my internal HD) on my firewire external HD.

As I ponder which to choose, it seems to me that having a bootable clone available on my external HD would be useful if my iMac HD craps out, while having backed up only my user files would be useful if my OS goes nighty night, but my internal HD is still healthy. If this is correct and given that either bad situation might (will?) occur, why not do both? I have lots of space on the HD.

Am I barking up the right tree??
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:43 PM
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Well -- since your full backup has your user files (and you can always copy those back), it doesn't really help you a lot, but it *is* additional redundancy, and that's always a good thing...
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:55 PM
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So why make the option available in which only the user files are backed up?
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So that people can only back up their user files if they so choose...
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:42 PM
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Is there any disadvantage to backing up all files (as opposed to just the user files)- other than it taking more space on the external HD?
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:57 PM
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None at all: it's what I'd suggest.
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