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How can I move programs on my mac to an external hard drive for backup?
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If you tell us which Mac you have and what version of OS X it's running, we can answer your question.
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Running Lion on an early-2011 MBP
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Is there some particular reason you're not using the built-in Time Machine?
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Using Time-Machine would require me to reformat my external hd and erase everything.
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You could use either SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner (shareware and donationware, respectively) and save the backup to a disc image.

Of course this begs the question: how are you backing up the stuff that's on the external HD?
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the only way you can backup your programs to an external HD, from my experiences & w/o creating a disk image, is to have a HD that is formatted HFS+. Time Machine will automatically format and CCClone will only copy over your USER info if formatted in either of the fat formatting modes. I stand corrected if I am in error in my statements
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