Client Workstation

Backing Up and Restoring a Macintosh Workstation

Backing Up

Prepare the Workstation

  1. Delete all old and unnecessary files.
  2. Move your data files to a removable or remote medium.
  3. Click on the menu bar: Go to open a menu list.
  4. Click on Connect to Server… to open the Connect to Server window.
  5. In the Server Address field, type smb://Xde3ctsprod and click on the [Connect] button to open the SMB/CIFS File System Authentication window.
  6. In the Workgroup or Domain field, type XRXNA.
  7. In the Name field, type your S3 logon ID.
  8. In the Password field, type your S3 password.
  9. Click on the [OK] button to open the Select the SMB/CIFS shared volume you want to connect to window.
  10. Click on the scroll bar and select the data directory and click on the [OK] button to open the Data directory window.
  11. If you don't already have a directory of your own (this is the same data directory you can see from the L:\> drive on your public-side PC), click on the menu bar File, select New Folder, give the folder a name and double-click on the folder icon to enter the folder.
  12. Drag your data files to that folder.
  13. When the process is finished, drag the data files on the Macintosh hard drive to the trash can.
  14. Click on the menu bar and select Empty Trash to remove your data files from the Macintosh hard drive.
  15. Finish by dragging the Data icon to the Trash to unmount the network drive.
  1. Obtain and install all of the latest operating system and major software application updates.

    Your Macintosh hard drive is now ready to be cloned.

Backup (I've used SuperDuper! You don't have to.)

  1. If it's not already installed on your Macintosh workstation, go to http://www.shirt-pocket.com, download and install SuperDuper! software.
  2. Open a connection to a network drive to serve as a place to store the backup image for the Macintosh workstation. (A server and directory haven't been identified at the time this document is being written.)
  3. Click on the menu bar: Go to open a menu list.
  4. Click on Connect to Server… to open the Connect to Server window.
  5. In the Server Address field, type smb://Xde3ctsprod (for example) and click on the [Connect] button to open the SMB/CIFS File System Authentication window.
  6. In the Workgroup or Domain field, type XRXNA.
  7. In the Name field, type your S3 logon ID.
  8. In the Password field, type your S3 password.
  9. Click on the [OK] button to open the Select the SMB/CIFS shared volume you want to connect to window.
  10. Click on the scroll bar and select the data directory and click on the [OK] button to open the Data directory window.
  11. Drag the folder you created in step 2 above to the lower portion of the left sidebar within the Data directory window so that you can browse to it in the backup setup process.
  12. Browse to and launch the SuperDuper! application.
  13. In the SuperDuper! window click on the scroll bar to the right of the Copy field and select the Macintosh internal hard drive or disk partition.
  14. In the SuperDuper! window click on the scroll bar to the right of the to field and select Disk Image… to open a Save window.
  15. Create a backup file name that shows the host, disk/partition, and date and type it into the Save As field.
  16. In the Where field, browse to the directory you mounted in step 2 above.
  17. Use the scroll bars to select Image type: Read Only Disk Image and Compression Level: High.
  18. Click on the [Save] button to initiate the process that creates the image and saves it to the network drive.
  19. Click on the [Options…] button to open the options window.
  20. Place a in the checkbox to the left of Repair permissions.
  21. Use the scroll bar to select Do Nothing for On Successful Completion.
  22. Click on the [OK] button to save these options and to close the Options window.
  23. Click on the [Copy Now] button to start the image creation/save process.
  24. Using a DVD burner and software capable of dividing large disk image files so that they fit onto DVDs, write the .dmg files you've generated in the preceding steps onto DVDs. Keep the DVDs and a DVD reader handy in case you need to restore your Macintosh hard drive.

    Successful completion of this section will result in the creation of your disk partition's backup image. If you experience disk failure, you now have a way to restore it.

Restore

Run Disk Utility.

  1. Place the DVD with the restore image in an attached auxiliary DVD drive and place the OSX installation disk in the DVD/CD drive.
  2. Reboot the Macintosh workstation, holding down the "C" key until you see the Apple logo appear on the monitor. (This forces the Macintosh to boot from the Installation DVD and to initiate the OS X installation process).
  3. With US English as the main language highlighted, click on the arrow icon to proceed to the next screen.
  4. On the menu bar, click on Utilities to open a menu list.
  5. In the menu list, click on Disk Utility… to open the Disk Utility window.
  6. In the Disk Utility window in the left field, click on the icon representing the Macintosh internal hard drive or partition to highlight it.
  7. Over the right field, make sure that Restore is highlighted in the control bar.
  8. Drag the icon representing the drive or partition you wish to restore into the Destination field.
  9. Click on the [Image…] button and navigate to the .dmg file on the DVD disk mounted in your auxiliary DVD drive.
  1. Place a checkmark in the checkbox to the left of Erase Destination.
  2. Click on the [Restore] button to begin the restore process.
  3. When the image has been restored, click on the menu item Disk Utility to open a menu list.
  4. In the menu list, click on Quit Disk Utility.
  5. Click on the menu item Utilities to open a menu list.
  6. In the menu list, click on Startup Disk… to open the Choose Startup Disk window.
  7. Click on the icon representing your internal hard drive to highlight it
  8. Click on the [Restart…] button and the confirmation [Restart] button to reboot your Macintosh workstation to your newly-restored hard drive.
  9. Eject your OS X install DVD and put it in a safe place.

    You've successfully restored your Macintosh hard drive.

Created by Norman A. Teck
April 23, 2007