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The CrashPlan web site states:

Once your files are backed up, CrashPlan continuously checks that your files are 100% healthy and ready to restore when you need them. If it finds any problems, CrashPlan fixes them.

Does this mean if my hard drive completely crashes, it can restore the OS, system files, and personal files? Specifically, can CrashPlan Central do an entire clone-type restore on Leopard?

Thanks, Chirag

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CrashPlan is designed to protect your data, not your system. That being said, on the mac-- select "/" and once its' backed up .. do a full restore to a freshly formatted drive.

Then "bless" the drive. You should boot fine.


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+1 for data, not system. I suspect that even if you backup "/" you will still miss important stuff like boot loaders and MBR, so it probably won't work. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 10 '10 at 18:50
"Bless" is the command to fix the bootloader and MBR on Mac OS. From the man page: bless -- set volume bootability and startup disk options – rjmunro Sep 9 '10 at 21:20
How about on Windows? I'm assuming not as easy/simple... – Josh Newman Feb 11 '11 at 21:41

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