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Authored by: astack on Feb 17, '11 07:54:34AM

This is a great hint, thanks!

In addition to rsync, another thing that I do sometimes to preserve system states is to use the disk utility to make a disk image of the volume. When I need it, then just mount the disk image. I like this for archiving before I do something drastic because I can use compression on the disk image and the system state stays pristine, i.e. can't be modified by later processes, such as metadata that gets written by the Finder when you open the archive.

I haven't tried this particular method yet with my ipod hint so I don't know if it works or not, in the past I've done it on laptops and desktops that I mount in target disk mode over firewire (that's important -- you have to have the system unmounted so things in the var directory don't change their state).

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