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Any way to backup Mac to my PC?

Is there any possible way to do this? I currently do not have an external hard drive but I'm saving my money up.

I looked at Carbon Copy Cloner and I want to ask if it was possible to move the copy of the disk image, that the program made, to my PC.
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  1. Any ideas?
  2. Aside from an external drive the only thing I can think of at the moment is some type of cloud storage. Copy the image to the cloud and then move it to the PC. When you get the external drive do you plan on using on both the Mac and PC?
    If yes, you may want to consider formatting the drive using exFAT.

    This may help with sharing files between a Mac and a PC on a network:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-easily-share-files-across-mac-windows-computers/
    http://etc.usf.edu/techease/mac/files-sharing/how-do-i-share-files-between-macs-and-pcs-over-a-network/
    http://www.howcast.com/videos/356383-How-to-Share-Files-Between-a-Mac-and-a-PC
  3. Thank you so much, dude! That's exactly what I was looking for.

    How do I make an image of my Mac HDD so that I can put that image on my PC?

    The part where it's about sharing files from a Mac and a PC on a network, I never knew that was possible. I did some poking around and found this guide:

    http://lifehacker.com/5691649/an-easier-way-to-set-up-time-machine-to-back-up-to-a-networked-windows-computer

    Is that what I'm looking for too/related to sharing files between a Mac and a PC on a network?

    Also, the exFAT format.. That can be used on Mac and PC without reformatting? So can I make my USB use that format?

    Another question: Can't I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my iMac HDD to a folder then share that folder to my Windows PC?
  4. Basically, what I'm trying to say in short:

    Can I just make a copy of my iMac's hard drive, place the clone in a folder and share that folder to my Windows PC?

    Will that work? For example, if my iMac's HDD fails and I have to format it, can I get the copy from my Windows PC and sync it with my iMac so everything is restored again?

    If yes, how do I do that and what do I need/use?
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    PriideHD said:
    Thank you so much, dude! That's exactly what I was looking for.

    How do I make an image of my Mac HDD so that I can put that image on my PC?

    The part where it's about sharing files from a Mac and a PC on a network, I never knew that was possible. I did some poking around and found this guide:

    http://lifehacker.com/5691649/an-easier-way-to-set-up-time-machine-to-back-up-to-a-networked-windows-computer

    Is that what I'm looking for too/related to sharing files between a Mac and a PC on a network?

    Also, the exFAT format.. That can be used on Mac and PC without reformatting? So can I make my USB use that format?

    Another question: Can't I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my iMac HDD to a folder then share that folder to my Windows PC?


    Using exFAT would require you to format the drives if they are using another file system. I meant to format the new external drive, when you get it, using exFAT so that you can share it between the Mac and PC.

    What you read on Life Hacker may work if you are comfortable with scripts and know the size of the backup you would like to create. I haven't used CarbonCopy to create a clone so I'm not sure but it is worth checking into. According to the web site - http://www.bombich.com/ccc_features.html - you can "Back up to hard drives, network shares or to disk images".

    As far as how to use it you might want to check here - http://help.bombich.com/kb/overview
  6. Okay, I think I found a way to do what I want.

    I made a folder on my Windows PC and made it sharable between everyone on the network (I think). I then went on my Mac and found a program called GoodSync and I managed to figure out what it does: allows you to sync files between other hard drives, files on the network etc. and backup files.

    As a test, I synced a pictures folder from my Mac to the sharable folder on my PC using GoodSync and it worked! I'm now going to use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my Macintosh HD to a folder and use this program to sync that folder to that sharable folder on my PC so if something happens to my iMac HDD, I can just go to my folder on my Windows PC and sync it back on my iMac.

    I think what I just said above works.. correct me if I'm wrong. I'm gonna test it out tomorrow. Thanks for your help!
  7. PriideHD said:
    Okay, I think I found a way to do what I want.

    I made a folder on my Windows PC and made it sharable between everyone on the network (I think). I then went on my Mac and found a program called GoodSync and I managed to figure out what it does: allows you to sync files between other hard drives, files on the network etc. and backup files.

    As a test, I synced a pictures folder from my Mac to the sharable folder on my PC using GoodSync and it worked! I'm now going to use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my Macintosh HD to a folder and use this program to sync that folder to that sharable folder on my PC so if something happens to my iMac HDD, I can just go to my folder on my Windows PC and sync it back on my iMac.

    I think what I just said above works.. correct me if I'm wrong. I'm gonna test it out tomorrow. Thanks for your help!


    Once you have tested it post the results. This may be helpful to someone else. Good job on setting up the file sharing.
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