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I did various tests to backup/restore whole installations with the disk utility. Uphuck's DVD is the only one with a working disk utility that supports drag&drop.
Drag&drop is necessary to specify the target drive when restoring from an image.

But still, restoring an OSX86 installation from an image on an external Firefwire harddisk does not work. I get all kinds of strange problems, e.g. error 16, target drive busy, operation not supported and whatnot.

I am trying to restore from a compressed 2.8GB DMG-file. Any help appreciated.

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I finally managed to restore an image. I needed to mount the image and select the containing partition/contents as the source instead of the DMG-file.
The target partition needs to be formatted before.

Unfortunately, the partition I restored doesn't start and I am stuck with a blinking cursor.

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i made my dmg from a working, booting partition using superduper.

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i made my dmg from a working, booting partition using superduper.


Do you have a boot-cd for restoring it, or how would you do that? The only reason for using disktool is really that I can conveniently start it from the installation DVD if something goes wrong and when I can no longer access the OSX partition.

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I used Uphuck 1.3 DVD and its Disk Utility successfully.It seems you restored successfully but were not able to boot afterwards, meaning there may be a problem with the DMG you made in the first place.

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Heck of a discussion... but I'm no nearer to an efficient means for restoring a working backup of OSx86 after a failed bout tinkering with kexts; I'm getting fairly discouraged by the reinstall process too.

Apparently something happens to the disk during the JAS install that doesn't replicate during a CCC or SuperDuper backup routine. DISK BOOT FAILURE inevitable.

The Ghost solution sounds plausible for now, I guess. Maybe a hardware RAID mirror would work to get an exact copy of an OSx86 installation onto another disk. Break the mirror to tinker; rebuild with the working backup; repeat.

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I used ccc to clone my GUID chameleon partition to a brandnew harddisk (GUID formatted).
Only thing afterwards is to install chameleon on new harddisk.

Swap and boot new one. :D

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What became the final resolution to this question?

Is Norton Ghost (in windows) the best for creating an image/restoring a hackintosh?

Does NG make a bootable CD or must I restore from within Windoze.?

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I'm also interested in knowing how to do this. Just got my OSx86 install working perfectly so a backup is definitely something I'm interested in. What solutions are you guys using?

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Hi, Make your cloned disk active and restrart using System pref, when it is loaded you can restore it normally, (instead you can use CCC also)

on my normal mac mini, i make an image to another partition or hard drive using superduper and then boot using cd to use the disk utility to restore the dmg file overwriting the boot drive.

i did this the other night only to find out that the jas 10.4.8 boot dvd's disk utility doesn't let me choose/specify anything as the target disk...i could specify source image but could not get it to specify destination.

any ideas?



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I don't know if this is still relevant to anyone but I use SystemRescueCD, have done so for years, google it. Its a Linux boot CD, its recovered my Windows installations on many occasions. The Disk management tool on it is GParted so check to see if that supports what you need. The copy tool is DD command line tools but I can use it fine and I'm no programmer.

Sorry if that's no use, I'll need to make a backup myself soon so will be looking into it.





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