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Old 09-27-2005, 05:19 PM
MacMedix MacMedix is offline
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Saving us from ourselves - keep BU unmounted

I like SuperDuper for making a backup clone to external Firewire disk. I'm pleased to be able to save a "Daily Backup" and run it on schedule (with CronniX).

But I'm very concerned that many of the very same people that I can't trust to insert CDRs, DVDRs, or Tapes during a scheduled back up also may do "The Wrong Thing" with an extra mounted copy of their HD always available to them. I can just see them doing a "Find" looking "Everywhere" for a document, and then editing the one on the clone, which will then be overwritten during the next scheduled backup. Not a happy thing. Who knows what other silly things they might do if their backup is always right there & open?

So since I probably can't lock the clone volume for writing without causing some problem for the backup, I'd settle for making the Fw hd dismount after the clone operation, and trying to keep it unmounted until the SD program runs again. The current version of SD can run a script after the clone, but not before. So this may be an impossible order unless it could also also run a script before the clone operation. Oh, and in a major or minor crises, of course then the user will need full unrestricted access to the clone on the fw disk.

So, would it be possible for the next version of SD! to be able to mount volumes as needed, and dismount them when finished? Ideally, those same volumes could be marked as "don't mount at startup", or maybe better; mounted at startup but if not booted from, immediately dismounted. A script run at login could do that.

Please help save us from ourselves!

Dave Nathanson
Mac Medix

Last edited by MacMedix; 10-09-2005 at 12:27 PM. Reason: corrected a minor spelling typo.
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