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Authored by: robh on Sep 22, '01 06:10:39AM
The major pitfall to avoid when making a backup is accidental loss of resource forks. Apple has a command called "ditto" that can be used to duplicate directory hierarchies. You need to use the "-rsrcFork" flag to tell it to copy resource forks too. e.g. ditto -V -rsrcFork /Users /Volumes/BackupDevice/Users -V makes it verbose so you can see what's going on. Copying /Users will backup all your old mail and more. Re: your question about a 9.2 partition. If you run this from the terminal.. df -k it'll show you how many kilobytes each of your partitions is using. If you're not using classic apps then you're likely to be using less than 1Gb of for your 9.2 partition. On my machine I see:
Filesystem    1K-blocks     Used    Avail Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/disk0s9    5239680   780016  4459664    14%    /Volumes/OS9
So I'm only using about 3/4 of a gigabyte. If I were to repartition I'd probably reduce my OS9 partition from 5gb to 1gb.

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