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JohnCoffee 04-24-2005 04:05 AM

Backing up multiple volumes to one external FW drive
Since I'm new to SuperDuper, I would like to know, whether my procedure is correct:

I have 3 Harddisks in my Dual G4 (into 4 volumes, totally 62+128+60+120=370GB) and one Powerbook G4 (75GB). Last week I bought a external 500GB LaCie FW disk and I was looking for a backup software. Trying Apple Backup 2 on my PB ended with a almost 7 hrs. odyssey - and ended without a real backup of my entire drive. Several attempts had been done - I had to click "skip" since there was something with permissions. Anyway, the decision to look for something else was wise, as I found SuperDuper. Due to the overwhelming positive feedback, I immediately registered after a successfull backup of my PB drive.

Now I'm at the point where I would liko to backup all my drives onto the external 500GB. After reading the manual and the FAQ's here, the correct way to do is to manually create 5 sparse formatted images on my 500GB drive, where each has the size of the individual volume. This allows me to smart update each of them and to have all my volumes on my external FW drive.

Is this the correct way or am I missing here something?

Thanks for any feedback

dnanian 04-24-2005 08:39 AM

Well, you could create 5 sparse images, or you could partition the 500GB drive into five volumes (or six, to leave one for data). That has the advantage of being bootable, too... and leaves out one level of unnecessary indirection, as long as you're willing to partition.

Sound reasonable?

JohnCoffee 04-24-2005 12:42 PM

Well....sounds very reasonable. The bootable thing sure comes in handy one day....

Ok - I guess I'm gonna partition my drive now...

Thanks for the suggestion.

dnanian 04-24-2005 12:45 PM

No problem -- let us know how it goes, and thanks!

JohnCoffee 04-24-2005 05:26 PM

All went well. 6 Partitions as suggested and now back'd-up my Powerbook onto one of them. 75GB in 91min. giving me 10MB/s transfer speed. I'm very satisfied.

Thanks and best regards

John :)

dnanian 04-24-2005 05:28 PM

Glad to hear... wait until you Smart Update it! :) Then you'll be really really satisfied...

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