This explains somewhat obsolete method to backup and restore entire volume via MacOS 9.
I make no guarantee on whatsoever I mentioned in this document. Use this tip at your own risk
Also note we make an assumption here that both source and destination volulmes are in HFS+ format.
To backup the volume it is deceptively easy.
Note: the most important part is to drag volume icon, not folder icons inside the volume. The latter method works on MacOS 9.x but not MacOS X where critical folders are hidden. By dragging entire volume icon, those hidden folders are also copied.
|Be patient when you copy. Remember that MacOS X consists of humongous number of files (35,000 or more on normal instration, nearly 100,000 with developer tools installed) so the copy takes fairly long time. FYI it took about 20 minutes to copy freshly installed MacOS X (without developer tools) from PowerBook G3 (Firewire -- aka pismo) to Firewire external HDD.|
Now here comes the non-trivial part. In the following, we assume the name of the source volume is from_volume and the destination volume is to_volume.
% ls -lo total 385 0 d-wx-wx-wx 3 root unknown - 264 Jun 17 18:39 .Trashes/ 257 -rwxrwxrwx 1 dankogai unknown - 131584 Jun 17 18:38 Desktop DB* 128 -rwxrwxrwx 1 dankogai unknown - 6 Jun 17 18:32 Desktop DF* 0 drwxrwxrwx 2 dankogai unknown - 264 Jun 17 18:28 Desktop Folder/ 0 drwxrwxr-t 27 root admin - 874 Jun 13 00:00 from_volume/ 0 drwxrwxrwx 3 dankogai unknown - 264 Jun 17 18:28 TheVolumeSettingsFolder/ 0 drwxrwxrwx 2 dankogai unknown - 264 Jun 17 18:28 Trash/
sudo rm -rf .Trashes Desktop* TheVolumeSettingsFolder Trash
Power User Tips: you can of course "su" a priori and omit su. To find
how to enable su, see the link below|
cd from_volume sudo mv .*[a-z] * ..
override --------- root/wheel for ../HFS+ Private Data? n