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10.3: Create a system backup on a Windows machine Network

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.

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10.3: Create a system backup on a Windows machine
Authored by: heathpitts on Nov 06, '03 11:02:09AM

I have been doing this as well. A bit different though. I have been using ip over firewire on panther. it is a good bit faster. I do like hearing the hint about the sparse.image because it took nearly 5 hours to create a regular image. The best thing about the sparse image is that it doesn't take up all that space on the hd that a normal image does.

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