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Match system boot disc to Time Machine system before restore
Authored by: MacTripper on Apr 12, '10 09:04:33AM

Problems like this is why I don't use TimeMachine. Cloning your boot drive so it's "hold option bootable" is a much safer alternative. It's easier to restore from, it can be used as a alternate boot drive if the hard drive is toast and do everything the original boot drive can. It can be used to repair and recover files from the original, it works if your Superdrive is dead and one can have many clones of various boot drive states. Perhaps best of all is one can keep a boot able clone off site in case of fire, water, theft, so all one has to do is get another Mac, the investment in apps, fonts, files etc are safe on the latest clone. In the case of malware attack, a disconnected clone sure will come in handy after first erasing the boot drive using the write protected, DVD restore disk>Disk Utility>Erase w/Zero method and then reverse cloning onto the clean drive. A TimeMachine drive, being in constant connection, will likely be pwned along with the boot drive. TimeMachine has some benefits as well that cloning doesn't offer, but can be bypassed with a little self discipline of backing up and making "Save As" file change revisions, making sure of one's Trash contents before deleting. However the two backup solutions should be carefully considered in any backup situation, some use both as the situation calls for it.

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