OS Backups

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in macOS edited January 2014
I'm about to upgrade from 10.4 upwards. What's the best method of taking a backup of the operating system? I tried taking a copy of system files (SYSTEM, LIBRARY, USERS) but there were some files in use so it failed. Is there a good way of doing this without having a 3rd party program that costs money?

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    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
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    Originally posted by ralph23

    I'm about to upgrade from 10.4 upwards. What's the best method of taking a backup of the operating system? I tried taking a copy of system files (SYSTEM, LIBRARY, USERS) but there were some files in use so it failed. Is there a good way of doing this without having a 3rd party program that costs money?



    What are you talking about? MacOS X 10.4.6 is the latest version of the OS. If you have MacOS X 10.4, upgrading is a very simple operation that is performed by Software Update. If you have a pirated developmental copy of MacOS X 10.5, then you are in violation of the rules of this forum. Also, you are trying to do something that is highly not recommended. Apple does not permit regular upgrades to release versions of its OS from beta versions.
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    lundylundy Posts: 4,466member
    Like he said, just run Software Update. It will update you from 10.4.x to 10.4.6.



    If you think that you need to back your stuff up first, get Super Duper from VersionTracker and clone your drive to another drive or iPod or multiple DVDs.



    You really don't need to backup anything except your Home folder and any applications you have ADDED to the Applications or Utilities folders. All of the rest will be updated by the install.



    As for 10.5, I am an ADC member and there will not be any 10.5 betas until WWDC in August.
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