[BCAB] Creating an HD backup on the Mac before performing a clean install

M Lakhani muzz.lakhani at googlemail.com
Fri Feb 21 13:07:43 GMT 2014

How about TimeMachine Jackie? 
1. Go to Applications (cmd+shift+a) 
2. Find TimeMachine & launch it
3. If it isn't set, just follow the instructions & set up your drive that you want as your backup
4. Create a a backup
5. Done

Any reasons why you want to do a clean install of your Mac? MacOS installation & upgrade is straightforward & simple, & I've carried them out without losing anything since 10.6 ! 
1. Launch disk utility from your applications
2. Select MacintoshHD & verify disk permissions & repair them if needed (it's only 2 buttons that need clicking
3. If there are serious issues, verify & repair disk (again only 2 buttons)
4. Empty trash & then in disk utility, erase free space so that your drive becomes clean (the whole process works with VO!)

Now you're ready to upgrade.
Sent from my iPhone

> On 21 Feb 2014, at 12:07, "Jackie Brown" <thebrownsplace at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Perhaps those with some advanced knowledge of the Mac could have a go at
> answering this one for me please?
> I am currently running Mountain Lion on my iMac, but want to upgrade to
> Mavericks.  Before I do, however, I would like to perform a backup of my HD
> before doing a clean install rather than just updating over the top of what
> is already there.
> Could I use anything already built into the Mac to make a backup, or would I
> need something like Carbon Copy Cloner?  I have used this software before,
> but I think there has been an upgrade that you need to purchase.  I would be
> happy to do this if there is nothing already on my system that can do the
> job.
> Once I make a backup of the drive, what is the best way to perform a clean
> install of Mavericks?  I seem to remember you need to make an image bootable
> on a pen.  In essence, can this all be done with speech and with no
> meaningful sighted assistance around?
> Sorry for a long post.  I have been putting this task off for a while, and
> would like to bite the bullet if I can.
> Many thanks for any help.
> Kind regards,
> Jackie Brown
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