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Restore a Mac from an NTFS-formatted external hard drive?

by Smolderbox8 / January 17, 2010 2:37 AM PST

A little while ago, I was advised that I could use NTFS-3G coupled with MacFUSE in order to backup a MacBook to an NTFS formatted external hard drive. Looks like this may be necessary, b/c my wife's MacBook is having serious issues (has become ridiculously slow - don't know why).

If I do this, and then get the machine repaired in a way that wipes her internal hard drive clean, should we be able to restore her machine from the NTFS-formatted external drive? I assume that I'll have to re-install NTFS-3G and MacFuse before doing so, but after that, should I be able to restore the MacBook?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2010 2:52 AM PST

You can restore the machine with the Apple OS DVD then install fuse then copy your files back.

Sorry that I misunderstood your needs.

These TWO are different goals.

1. restore the MacBook.
2. restore my files.

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by Smolderbox8 / January 17, 2010 11:02 PM PST
In reply to: No.

Thanks - and no, you didn't misunderstand. It's only in the last day or so that we thought her hard drive might be in trouble; originally, I was just curious about backing up her data as a "just in case" sort of thing. Much appreciated.

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