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Apple152 06-24-2011 12:26 PM

Apple Hardware Test
My Mac's Disk Utility is telling me that my Mac is corrupted and that I should back it up and restart it with Mac OS X Install Disc 1. I only have Install Disc 2, and I can't find a good, reliable, convenient, and (most importantly of all) free online backup. Can anyone offer either one of those (or both)? :Shouting:

chscag 06-24-2011 01:19 PM

Which Mac do you have? Year, model? And version of OS X?

If the Mac is still able to boot and you're running either Leopard or Snow Leopard, use Time Machine to backup to an external hard drive. If you're running an earlier version of OS X, download Carbon Copy Cloner and use it to backup to an external hard drive.

Apple152 06-24-2011 01:54 PM


Originally Posted by chscag (Post 1257385)
backup to an external hard drive.

I can't afford an external hard drive. Is there any free online solution?

Bjielsl 06-24-2011 01:59 PM

Free, not that I can find.... you could use carbonite at 50.00 a year, I think that is as close to free as you'll get.

harryb2448 06-24-2011 06:40 PM

Looks like you are in the market for a full retail install DVD of whatever OS you are using, which we still do not know, nor the specs of your machine. If it is an Intel, might be worth buying Snow Leopard and then Lion next month.

With no disc no joy and no downloads. Some Apple Hardware Test programs are available for download, mostly for older machines, but without knowing about your Mac.................

chas_m 06-25-2011 05:28 AM

I don't know how much data you need to back up, but online is not a realistic solution for more than say 2GB or so (at the free level), and certainly not with a dying drive where time is of the essence.

Hard drives really can't get much cheaper than they are. I saw a 2TB (that's TERABYTE) drive the other day for under $100. That's insane.

Losing that Disc 1 was also a bad move, that's going to cost you as well. I kinda can't believe you haven't already been doing backups using Time Machine or something, didn't think there were many left who didn't know about that.

Bob_Stan 06-27-2011 02:41 PM

I don't believe that Carbonite would restore a complete operating system (although I am more familiar with backups for Windows than Macs). You would have to have a bootable OS, then you could restore key files with settings and data from a Carbonite backup.

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