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I think this is a pretty straight forward question - My hard drive is failing (spinning/rotating platter hard drive).
Which of the following options is the safest way to back up the hard drive when some files are more important to recover than others?
Turn on the computer, load the failing startup disk, and back it up with Time Machine
Turn on the computer, load a recovery partition from an external drive, and use disk utility to "restore" the whole drive to another storage device
Use target disk mode and clone important files to another another mac
Is there a safer or better option? What's the right procedure?
asked Oct 5, 2021 at 2:36
When you say "some files are more important than others" you're thinking about your user data i guess.
For me the best way would be :
- install a compatible Mac os x system on an external drive. Then boot from this drive and instal Carbon Copy Cloner (free one month in test version)
- inside CCC select your important data and clone them in a directory of your external drive.
So your internal disk will not be too busy and this will allow you to save what you want.
answered Oct 5, 2021 at 5:46
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