Boot up from Acronis CD on Macbook Pro can't detect USB HDD
Posted on 2013-01-31
I wanted to take an Acronis image backup of my kid's Macbook Pro:
shut it down, hold on the Option key & boot up & select the CD icon
(for Windows) & after Acronis loads fully, it could see all the 3 MAC's
partitions ( EFI, D: drive plus an E: drive of about a few hundred MBs):
However, the USB 3 HDD which I insert into the other USB 3 port
was not detected. Also, this model of Macbook Pro 13" retina does
not have a physical NIC port (only Wifi).
I guess my Acronis is too old (it's about 3 years old) so the driver for
Macbook's USB 3 ports is not available yet. The very same USB 3
HDD is detected on my THinkpad X61 & Acer Travelmate.
What other option do I have (other than getting the latest version
of Acronis which I don't have a licence anymore) to take an image
backup of the Macbook OS-X before my kid corrupts it?
Any freeware image backup that comes with OS X mountain lion
& pls provide step by step instruction on how to go about taking
an image (equivalent to 'bare metal') backup. Can online (ie
without shutting down & boot up from CD) backup be taken using
this tool (& backup of 'locked' / 'open' files )