Mac OS imaging, snapshot,backup and restore tools ??

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Longboard, Jan 31, 2012.

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  1. Longboard

    Longboard Registered Member

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    "lo all
    My son has been given ( -the parents have had to lease at exorbitant fees :rolleyes: -) a Mac laptop as part of his school curriculum.

    Have to have a little chuckle here: there is a lengthy 'terms of use' document, full of all sorts of proscribed activities !!

    Quite sure that giving such to a bunch of energiser bunny adolescents will be somewhat of a challenge for the system admins heh heh.
    LOL: open slather to boys methinks.

    So: I have to learn some new skills.
    Specifically can I pick the collectives brains and experience re restore and back-up type tools.
    Of course thinking of FDISR, IFW, shadowprotect (and data backup options) type tools.
    (particularly FDISR !!)

    Best VM tools for mac ?

    I suspect there will have to be a paradigm change here.
    At this point I am just starting with MacOS so any tips greatly recieved.

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    I would use 2 tools : Carbon Copy Cloner (shareware) and Time Machine (provided by Apple).

    No such thing as FDISR or even IFW, AFAIK. All Mac backup software I know of are file-based and not sector based. But Mac users seem to survive that way.
     
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    Thanks for the reply...was curious myself not being a Mac/Apple user.
     
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    There is DD - the universal raw backup tool in all common *nix operating systems, including OS X.
    It is a command line tool - I have never looked for any GUI front-ends.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dd_(Unix)

    Cheers, Nick
     
  5. Scott W

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    Fwiw, a friend of mine (who comes across as a Mac guru) uses Stellar for disk-imaging.

    And for a VM I would suggest trying the free VirtualBox which has a version for Mac OS X.

    Scott
     
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    Hi Longboard,

    For creating/restoring images just use "disk utility". Just boot in the recovery mode and run it from there.

    For an ISR/sandbox feature the only option is SuperDuper!
     
  7. Longboard

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    Thx all: Wilders: resource central :)
    Keep 'em coming
    LOL
     
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    Longboard,

    My daughter has a loaner Mac from school. She won't let me touch it but that's fine by me. I have no interest in learning how to use a Mac.

    Have you found any imaging apps that will do what IFW (etc) can do?
     
  10. Longboard

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    Heh: whyever not ??

    Hey Brian
    Not fully cognizant with MacOs yet
    School lappie: fairly tightly wrapped.
    Find being part of the Apple Borg a bit frustrating.
    Doubly so as locked out end user.
    - Safari is a PITA IMHO
    - Lots of 'cool' media apps no doubt about it.

    Users have little control. :shifty:
    Should Must not encourage hacking of school systems. :ninja:
    So far: Just mostly looking for back-ups and external drive options.

    But, .... Really ; first home assignment: goes to specified web page: covered in phishes :mad:
    Good ones for kids: "you have won a new iPad. Click here" :rolleyes:
    LOL
    Strongly worded phone call to school IT Dept re crap settings.

    Nothing I can see so far that matches options with Terabyte tools.
    Most of the MAc tools do part of what we might be used to with the NTFS tools, there appears to be some overlap of functions from product to product.

    Stellar and SuperDuper seem to have good recovery options along with Time Machine.
    Still looking.
     
  11. Scott W

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    As I indicated in my post above a close friend uses a MacBook Air and while I marvel at it's build-quality insofar as software is concerned I think the only thing that draws people to the Mac is the OS' eyecandy (and cutesy apps).

    I'm probably coming across as a 'pompous PC jerk' (and this is probably OT anyway) but I really don't get it, imho Windows and Windows apps can do so much more!

    Scott
     
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    My wife bought a new MacBook Pro a couple of weeks ago and I have been going through the same process investigating backups and security. From what I gather from the Mac forums, Time Machine and either SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner covers things pretty well.

    Also recommended in the Mac forums is CrashPlan online backup. I have a trial running on her Mac now and it doesn't seem to impact performance at all. It is one of the few backup services where only the data owner has the encryption password.
     
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