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    How do I backup 'previous system' to cd-rw?
    It's the only option I have at the moment.

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    You don't.... As far as I know there is no way to activly backup a system to a CD or DVD without creating a backfile first and then burning that to a CD or DVD.

    If you don't have enough space to backup to a local drive you will need to buy an external to accomplish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JELL View Post
    It's the only option I have at the moment.
    Do you mean you have a folder on your harddrive called "Previous system"? To be honest, you probably don't need it - but if you want to hang on to it, you can probably just drag it to a burn folder back it up that way if you really want.

    But unless there is something you know you'll need off your old system, I'd just trash it.

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    Good point, the more I look at the OPs post the more I am confused as to what he/she is trying to achieve.

    Can you post a little more info of what you want please?

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    Sure, thanks for asking,

    I had an issue the other day with the warning sign on startup (sorry for the lack of technical vocab)

    It took a while but eventually the install disk worked. My HD is full-So imagine how worried I was. I know I know, I am going to get a new HD to backup a.s.a.p. But I want to backup now, so I thought I could use a CD-RW.

    When I used the install CD, I chose 'backup and restore.'

    1)I have that folder on my HD.

    2) In shorter terms, I would like to backup my HD to CD-RW until I can get an external HD.

    Sorry for asking two questions at once!

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    You best bet at this point would be to burn your documents (any files that you want to keep) to a CD/DVD.

    It is pretty straight forward.

    SuperDrive: Mac OS X - How to burn data DVD-R disc

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    Much better option is to get a much larger drive and install internally and then pop your current drive into an external case. Best option is a Firewire 800 connection, however as you do not supply machine and OS details, a bit hard to be more specific.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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