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Old 08-05-2008, 12:17 AM
joemac joemac is offline
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hard drive fails, dooooper to the rescue! (caution long post)

hello sd team.

i've been using sd faithfully for about 2 years to clone without knowing IF i'd ever need it.

last night it threw me a curve.

since upgrading to leopard, backups take a LOT longer to do, mostly because of the "repair permissions" stage i think.

2 nights ago the entire process for a 100 gb intel mbp was 90 minutes, 30 of which was the preparing phase.

so last night i decided to run it again, hoping the time would be shorter (1 day interval and NO new files)

BUT after 50 minutes of "repairing" with no stopping in sight, i decided something was funky.

so i aborted the process, shut it down and disconnected the firewire clone drive.

then i turned off the mac and rebooted.

all i got was a grey screen, and that new leopard message superimposed that i "needed to restart",

after 5 restarts the message was the same and starting in 'safe mode' did not work either....

i think this is what happens when a serious kernel conflict develops.

so i booted from the leopard cdisc (start+c) and ran disc utilities to repair disc...NO LUCK repair failed.

WTF my mac is gone crazy!

a trip to the apple store confirmed the 2 year old mbp hd was dead.

after 25 years on the pc platform with never having a disc failure, but that's a nother topic...

---so at this point i tried starting up from the s/d clone drive, (option key+start)

AND I WAS BACK IN ACTION! working from the firewire clone s/d had been faithfully updating.


and really not much slower than the oem internal mac drive.

ok now for my questions relating to getting my data onto a NEW MBP...

apple store personnel strongly suggested i use my time machine backup to transfer my dead drive files, applications, accounts and so on...

basically they suggesting it would be 'safer to use time machine' to transfer everything to the new system.

and the apple genius who suggested i use time machine IS ALSO a regular superduper user and fan, but he's never had to use the restore function either.

the s/d clone and t/m backup are within minutes of each other age wise.

the s/d clone is firewire, while the t/m backup drive is usb...

???ok s/d team WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST???

-i want ALL of my applications, user accounts, files, data, photos, keychains and so on, exactly as before...

-i use a broadband cell card for online connections and don't wanna set it up again...

of course i'd like no gremlins or ghosts from the old, now dead drive, but really don't wanna install every old application again...

day2day my system has been very stable and software very reliable....

however the hard drive, screen, airport card have all died and been replaced once!

THANKS AGAIN SUPERDUPER, now help me with moving to a new machine!


Last edited by joemac; 08-05-2008 at 12:24 AM.
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