Snow leopard backup/restore solution from external drive

I need to be able to put an image on an external drive (or a complete backup of the computer) that I can periodically restore.  I'd also use this as a type of cloning mechanism for multiple Macs.

Carbon Copy Cloner works great from Mac to Mac, but I wasn't able to get it to restore from an external hard drive to the same Mac that was attached.

The Disk Utilities that come with the Mac has pretty much the same problem as CCC.

I also tried Time Machine - but when I attempted to restore the layout to a different Mac, several properties of the original Mac was still present, hence - it doesn't seem adequate for a full computer restore solution.

Anybody have any suggestions on a solution for this?  

LibrarySystemsAsked:
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strungConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Restoring from an external to the same Mac should be no problem if you made a clone of the drive rather than a disk image. Simply boot from the external by booting while holding down the option key to bring up the boot picker, then clone back to the internal.

If you made a disk image you should be able to restore by booting from an install CD and using Disk Utility.
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LibrarySystemsAuthor Commented:
Best case scenario would be to hold the option key down, and run from there.  However - does this kind of support only work for firewire external drives?  Holding down the option key isn't showing my USB external drive as a bootable drive.
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strungCommented:
Booting from an external worked only for firewire drives for Macs with the old PPC chips. Intel chip Macs will boot from USB drives. Since the author says he is running OS 10.6 and 10.6 won't run on PPC Macs, I surmise he has an Intel chip Mac which will boot from a USB drive.
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