Nov 05, '03 09:19:00AM • Contributed by: joshpearce
This hint is the result of a successful attempt to use Carbon Copy Cloner to back up my system drive to a shared Windows mount. Back when I had 10.2, I tried several times to use Disk Copy to create a disk image on a mounted NTFS Windows folder via OS X's built-in Samba. The creation process always stalled out after a half Gig or so out of the 10 Gig image I was trying to make. But this time around, with Panther using Disk Utility, I saw the option to create a sparse image. So I went ahead like I did before and tried to create a 10 Gig Image on my mounted Windows share, and it worked. Disk Utility created the sparse image in less than a minute, and the "10 Gig" image only occupied 137Mb of disk space.
Now, when I started up Carbon Copy Cloner, the image I just created was available as a "Target Disk." There were a few glitches along the way, some type of error about a corrupt movie or something, but CCC gave me the option to continue. I got the complete disk clone to work on the second try, because during the first try my iBook went to sleep so I had to change the power settings to "Best Performance".
Maybe people have been doing this with Jaguar, and I didn't see any hints, but I think this is a great way to back up a laptop without having to buy a FireWire drive.