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Good Apps for a Utility Disk
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Feb 26, 2012, 03:36 AM
 
Now's that special time of year where I update my NetBoot images. I figured I'd run the contents by yous guys, just in case theres a good utility I'm missing. Here's what I have (in addition to the normal Apple stuff):

Carbon Copy Cloner (x2)
Data Rescue
Rember
SMART Utility
DiskWarrior
TechTool Pro
SoftRAID
Pacifist
Path Finder
Temperature Monitor
SMCFanControl
WinClone
OpenOffice

Don't get me wrong... I've been netbooting like this for years. This bunch-o-utils has served me very well (except TTP which is essentially useless these days, and a real ball buster. I'll probably exclude it next time I updated my images). The only thing I've really been missing over the past few months, was a copy of WinClone on my netboot images. Otherwise, I've been golden. If you have any other ideas for useful utilities, let me know.

     
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Feb 26, 2012, 08:07 AM
 
I have WinClone 2.1.1 saved on my backup HDD but WinClone 2.3.1 - 2.3.3. is here. PM me if interested.
     
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Feb 26, 2012, 08:50 AM
 
I already have WinClone.
     
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Feb 26, 2012, 09:36 AM
 
Originally Posted by l008com View Post
I already have WinClone.
Ok...Thought you said you were missing WinClone...
     
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Feb 26, 2012, 10:11 AM
 
I understand CCC does a similar job and it is free, but no love for SuperDuper! ??

These below, I would add:

BetterZip
Disco
File Buddy
Intego Backup Assistant
MainMenu
Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X
Singlemizer
VirusBarrier Express
WhatSize
     
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Feb 26, 2012, 10:15 PM
 
Does anyone else work with NetBoot images?
I just imaged my 10.6 and 10.7 utility disks, with all of the apps mentioned. Including the current iTunes, which is 10.5.3. And on both systems, itunes crashes as soon as you launch it. When I booted my Macs of the actual firewire disks, iTunes worked fine. But once I converted those volumes into netboot images, no more iTunes. Very annoying, what gives?
     
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Feb 27, 2012, 08:37 AM
 
There´s an excellent article about mac backup and cloning tools available regarding their ability to protect system/file metadata: plasticsfuture The State of Backup and Cloning Tools under Mac OS X


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Feb 28, 2012, 01:42 AM
 
If anyone's wondering, there must be a bug in iTunes 10.5.3. I downgraded all three systems to iTunes 10.4.1 and it's working again no problems.
     
   
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