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Why can't you boot your mini with the original Tiger install DVD and run Disk Utility that way?

Attach the external hard drive to your Mini. Boot the Mini with your Tiger DVD (hold down "C" key when you hear the chime). Do not go into the install program, instead click on Utilities, Disk Utility, from the top menu.

Click First Aid. Highlight the new external hard drive (second line) and format it as Mac HFS Journaled. After that's finished you can use it as a backup drive.

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