How to make a backup of Mac Boot Partition

Hello all! :-)
   
   Can anyone please tell me is it possible and / or how to make a backup of Mac Boot partition?


Thanks!
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Ugo MenaCommented:
Yes, a great tool for this particular task is Bombich's Carbon Copy Cloner.

http://www.bombich.com/index.html

Can be used to simply copy off the entire contents of your hard drive to an external hard drive — to create a "bootable clone" of your Mac partition.

or a full-volume clone when you would like to move everything from your old Mac to a new Mac.

Also has a great built in utility to manage the 10.7 and 10.8 Repair partitions.

Highly recommend!
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rindiCommented:
Use the MAC's disk utility. Select the partition you want to image, then select new image.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thanks all - but I am not sure I expressed myself well - with "Boot Partition" I mean that service partition that enables install of Mac OSX. - The small "invisible" part of the drive that enables booting and installation of OS.

? :-)

Thanks
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Ugo MenaCommented:
Are you referring to the hidden repair disk partition in 10.7 and up?
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Oh, yes, I think that's it. - I understand that I can not reinstall my my MacBook Pro if I don't have original recovery partition. - I have used Carbon Copy before to move entire system to SSD and install it in MacBook. But as I dont' have original drive anymore, I would like to be safe if SSD drive dies on me.

Thanks!
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Ugo MenaCommented:
Goto disk management within carbon copy cloner. That will allow you to create or update the repair disk partition.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
OK, but can I do that on, say, 4GB USB Stick?
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Ugo MenaCommented:
If it is properly formatted as (GUID Partition Table) , yes.

I am getting the feeling that you are looking for an app called Lion Disk Maker... takes the OS App Installer and moves it to a USB stick....

here is the link : http://liondiskmaker.com/

Lion Disk Maker is an application programmed with AppleScript that you can use with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and OS X 10.8 to burn a DVD or build a bootable drive from Mac OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Installation program. As soon as you launch the application, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a DVD or create a bootable install disk. It’s the easiest way to build an OS X Installer in a few clicks
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
I am playing with this for some time now, and Lion Disk Maker does create a disk.

There is also an Apple Recovery Assistant: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433

   - Those two do the same I suppose?


Now, the crucial Q: when I create a disk with Lion Disk Maker, can I use it to fresh-install OSX to a brand new drive (if the current one fails).

Thank you, and sorry for being slow in replying.
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Ugo MenaCommented:
Yes that is exactly what it is for. It will create an installer (on a USB drive) from the app download.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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