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new_life_media
24th May 2009, 07:49 PM
My Macbook Pro has unrepairable sectors (or whatever - TV Producer not a computer wizz) and wouldn't boot up, so I did a startup with the Install disks and then ran Disk Utility. A repair didn't work, so I need to reformat the HDD, but I don't know how to do a backup without being within the OS itself. How can I backup my HDD?

leon
24th May 2009, 08:01 PM
Just boot off your installation media. The HDD will mount. Connect and external drive to your computer and drag the stuff you want to backup onto it.

If your drive has bad sectors, I would personally purchase a new drive and install that into the computer. I would then put the old drive in an external case and drag the files I want off it and onto the new drive.

ClockWork
24th May 2009, 08:08 PM
And here are some really fine External Drives (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/34587-external-drives-dummies.html) to back up your precious stuff...

new_life_media
24th May 2009, 08:09 PM
The HDD is three weeks old. It was a replacement for the original one that died. If my Time Machine did a recent backup will that be sufficient? I have just had the logic board replaced (got the machine back yesterday) and I have heard talk that the settings have been reste therefore Time Machine won't restore. Do you know if this is true?

ClockWork
24th May 2009, 08:20 PM
If you're happy with as much "recent" as you've got, go with that.

sounds like you're going through the unfortunate "I got a lemon" model, which keeps screwing up...

new_life_media
24th May 2009, 08:40 PM
And here are some really fine External Drives (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/34587-external-drives-dummies.html) to back up your precious stuff...

I already have two 1 TB drives, a 750gb and a 320gb to choose from ClockWork. Thanks anyway