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comment Making a full image of an installed system
I would not recommend this approach; if the target volume is smaller than the source, you wind up with unusable space; if the target is smaller, it won't restore properly. Also, the image will include all blank space (and fragmented files, etc) from the source. I'd strongly recommend using the Apple tools (see @Redarm's comment) or DeployStudio instead.
May
17
comment SQLite frontend for OS X?
The project has moved to GitHub -- the new link is https://github.com/sqlitebrowser/sqlitebrowser.
May
15
answered Install Mac OS X Tiger alongside Mac OS X Snow Leopard?
May
6
comment OS X Yosemite Server won't create websites
It's a bug in the current version of Server.app (v4.1). Hopefully to be fixed in the next update...
May
2
comment How do I copy a Mac volume using cp?
I'd skip --compress (it's only useful for network transfers), and add -E (preserve extended attributes and resource forks).
May
2
comment How do I copy a Mac volume using cp?
Please don't try to use dd in this situation. It won't work right if the source and destination volumes (/devices) aren't exactly the same size, and may fail interestingly if the source volume is mounted for write access, and even in the situations where it works it tends to be horribly slow on OS X (using the /dev/rdisk entry instead of /dev/disk helps somewhat, but it still doesn't know better than to copy all of the unused space on the disk). asr and rsync (with appropriate options) are much better options.
Apr
26
comment Determine when OS X was installed?
@Tetsujin if it had 10.6 installed on it (or any of the other versions that included something with that package ID), it should have a record of that. I'm not sure why that wouldn't be found. I've edited the question with a way to find the oldest package records on the system; see what that shows.
Apr
26
revised Determine when OS X was installed?
Added info on finding the oldest package in the system.
Apr
26
answered Determine when OS X was installed?
Apr
14
comment Can't move files to a folder in Finder
This doesn't sound like a FileVault-related problem, more like file permissions got messed up somehow. Are there any particular files/folders are you having trouble with? Also, please run the Terminal utility, enter ls -leO, and add the output as an edit to your question (and use the the "{}" button to format it as code, so we can see the formatting).
Apr
14
answered Can I restore a system upgrade from a Time Machine backup?
Apr
14
comment Can I restore a system upgrade from a Time Machine backup?
Actually, it does back up the full system by default; but the recovery interface in the Setup Assistant/Migration Assistant doesn't do a full system restore.
Apr
14
comment Mac drive not showing up on resetpassword screen
@AliBZ If you don't have a valid password or the FileVault recovery key (or have stored the key with Apple), there's no way to get at the data on your hard disk. That's pretty much the purpose of FileVault.
Apr
11
comment -bash: /Users/[me]/.rvm/scripts/initialize: No such file or directory
Do you have a backup? If not, and you need any of the files from your home directory, SHUT THE COMPUTER DOWN IMMEDIATELY, then use some other computer to research data recovery options.
Apr
10
answered How to prevent user from moving a custom app to Trash?
Apr
10
comment How do I unlock a .plist file in /private/var/db/receipts so that I can change it?
Why are you trying to edit something in the receipts folder? Its purpose is to provide a record of what was installed on the computer,and if you edit its contents they won't be accurate anymore. You can't change the actual install history; why are you trying to change the records about what happened?
Apr
9
revised Recovery HD Is not showing up. Is it because of FileVault?
Added command to show the volume label trickery
Apr
9
answered Recovery HD Is not showing up. Is it because of FileVault?
Apr
7
comment Grey screen on an apple
Is it new enough to be Intel-based? If so, try an SMC reset. For an Intel iMac, you unplug the power cord for 15 seconds, then plug back in and wait another 5 seconds, then try to power it up.
Mar
31
comment My RAM was bad (“three beeps” bad) until shuffled
I'll throw in a recommendation for Memtest OS X. I haven't had to use it recently, but in the past I've had it spot flaky RAM that had passed all of the other test tools I tried (including Apple Hardware Test).