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How to create a bootable image Mac OS X September 19, 2006

Posted by farshadf in G4 & G5 Macs, Intel Inside, Uncategorized.
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Assuming SuperDuper is installed and the external is mounted on the desktop, fire-up the backup utility embrace the simplicity of the interface. Rather than bombarding users with too many options. Copy [XX Drive] (your internal) to [XX Drive] (your external). The specifications read in an intuitive manner for beginners and experienced users alike.

superduper interface

As you can see from the screenshot, my internal drive – ‘Udon’ – will be copied / cloned to one of two partitions on an external drive. I have conveniently titled the future clone “SuperDuper” to alleviate any confusion as to the exact contents of the drive. The third drop down menu defaults to “Backup – all files” which means “SuperDuper, create an exact copy, byte-for-byte, of my internal drive”. Once your internal and external drives are designated in the drop down menus, continue to click ‘Proceed’ after which SuperDuper will confirm that your settings are correct.

Testing your disk clone – Live boot

After completion, you will have a completely bootable backup clone of your existing hardrive. Care to test?

startup disk preference pane

Open System Preferences and select ‘Startup Disk’. In the following window, you should see two startup folders: Mac OS X, 10.X.X on [Internal] & Mac OS X, 10.X.X on [External]. Select the backup clone on the external drive and select ‘Restart’. Note again that PPC based Macs require a Firewire drive while Intel based Macs can boot off of USB / Firewire.

OS X will proceed to reboot using the external as the source. The familiar Apple startup chime will sound, followed by the reassuring loading status bar before your desktop, icons, applications, and personal files are displayed on your screen. Everything is as you left it last before the backup – software licenses, preferences, and system settings – all where they should be. Ah, the beauty of bootable backup clones. Congratulations, you are now running OS X directly off your external hardrive.

Restore your backup clone using Disk Utility

Laugh at the inconvenience of loosing your computers due to hardrive failure or cough having to send your main machine off to Apple – for weeks on end – due to random shutdowns. With a bootable clone in-hand, you can restore your personal work environment on a backup computer using Apple’s Disk Utility.

restore with disk utility

Thankfully, Disk Utility is as simple to use as SuperDuper. Assuming you are currently running off of the external clone drive, continue with the following Disk Utility steps:

  1. Select the internal drive on your computer from the source-list on the left. This is usually the topmost drive.
  2. Select the ‘Restore’ tab in the right-pane.
  3. identify your external drive in the source pane and drag it to the ‘Source’ field in the right-pane.
  4. Drag the internal drive into ‘Destination’ field.
  5. Tick the ‘Erase Destination’ option and proceed to select ‘Restore’.

Once the process is completed, shut down your computer completely, unplug the external, and restart. Your computer will boot off the internal drive which you successfully cloned using your backup.

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