I have a MacBook Pro with a dying hard drive. It was working poorly for the last month or so and the last 4 times I turned it on it booted correctly once, issued a boot sector not found twice and a kernel panic the remaining time.
I have backups but I'd rather try to get the information from that hard drive (it's more up to date). My original plan was to just plug it in and let macosx migrate the account, but I don't think that's such a good idea as the hard drive is so flaky.
My current plan is to copy everything to a directory using rsync so I can re-issue the command as many times as needed until everything is copied succesfully.
Does anybody have any advice?
I also have some questions:
Once I have everything in an alternate directory, how do I restore the configuration of a running macosx? Should I do it with a sparate account.
My current installation is using FileVault. Should I try opening and then rsyncing or should I try rsyncing the big bundle file?