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answered How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
I just edited the question to clarify it and moved the proposed steps to a separate answer.
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
Good point, and according to Gordon Davisson's answer, I don't even need a system disk, just hold down the option key as I reboot the laptop and I'll be given the option to boot from the partition of the external drive that I just restored to. What I'm still unsure of is whether this is a bad idea to partition the external drive at all or whether it's just dangerous to create the partition when the drive contains the only copy of my precious, precious data.
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
Thanks Gordon, this is great info. Just to be clear, this can be done with a friend's laptop without creating a new partition on said laptop (the other answers suggest that it's a bad idea to do so), correct? Like I want to show up at my friend's doorstep with a laptop in several pieces, an intact external drive with time machine backups, and a deadline in a few hours and be like "quick, give me your laptop!" and have it acting like my own laptop, rest its soul, in a matter of minutes.
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
@Daniel, how about if I make that partition now (while original laptop is fine) and make sure it all works? Still a bad idea? It seems that Disk Utility that comes with OSX can do this.
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
Cool, thanks Chris. See the addendum to the question. Do you have more ideas about the specifics of creating the bootable second partition on the external drive (without the original laptop, since I surely won't be prepared enough to have done this ahead of time)?
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
@Daniel Beck, Thanks for setting me straight on this and for the pointers to those other tools! Realistically I'm not going to stay on top of this while my original laptop is still alive (unless I automate it to be as effortless as time machine). So am I on the right track with the addendum to the question? (My external drive is 4 times as big as my laptop's harddrive so there should be plenty of room to do this without another external drive.)
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
Thanks, this is super helpful. What about the solution alluded to in the other answer and comment? Ie, can I plug the external drive I backed up to to a friend's laptop and boot from it, bypassing the laptop's harddrive altogether?
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comment How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer
I'm already doing the timemachine backups to an external drive. Are you suggesting that I can plug that drive in to my friend's laptop and just boot from it, bypassing the laptop's harddrive altogether? I guess I could try that with my own laptop now.
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comment MacBook Pro External DVI Monitor Full Resolution not available
Chealion, thanks so much! I'm so frustrated that I didn't realize this when trying to buy a 30-inch monitor today at B&H. I finally gave up, thinking my laptop just couldn't drive that resolution. I guess I'll go back tomorrow.
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comment MacBook Pro External DVI Monitor Full Resolution not available
Above comment is incorrect. I had this problem with a 30inch monitor I tried, though I can use 24inch monitors at much higher resolution than the laptop itself (with both external and built-in displays working).
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comment How do I scp the (huge) output of a command directly to a remote machine?
Ah, thanks! Want to include the equivalent of my "echo .. | scp .." example? And any reasons you know of to prefer this to the other answers?
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comment How do I scp the (huge) output of a command directly to a remote machine?
If it's any consolation, I'm inclined to mark yours accepted since it explains nicely what's actually going on. (If you wanted to really clinch it, you could include the FIFO pipe and netcat solutions with some guidance on why you might prefer one or the other! :)
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comment How do I scp the (huge) output of a command directly to a remote machine?
Thanks for pointing that out; I changed the link.