Warning. Honest.

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
rgolub Senior Member • Posts: 2,061
Re: Warning. Honest.

Time Machine doesn't work the way AZBlue suggests.  It's an incremental file of every change (on an hourly basis).  You CAN restore a failed system drive but it's not all that easy.

A better way (on OS X) is to use program called SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner (hey, I didn't make the names up).  They will make a bootable copy of the system drive on another hard drive and the paid versions will do so on an automatic basis.

That way when the drive fails, you hit the OPTION key while booting, OS X searches for bootable drives and presents you with the options it sees.  This is also the best way of testing a new version of OS X - create a new boot drive with the Shiny Version, test it out until you're comfortable and then transfer it to the boot drive.

Not sure about Windows.  It's such an obvious ability to have, I'd be surprised if someone hasn't written a similar utility.

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