Are You Prepared To Install Leopard?
We’re down to the last 48 hours. You might prep for Leopard by doing these couple things NOW. When you buy the commercial install of Leopard (as opposed to the developer seeds bumping around the torrent sites) have two things in mind:
FIRST: Backup your current production drive off to something else. Something suitably large. Something stable. Something you can boot back up off of should you need to. For what it’s worth I’d recommend Carbon Copy Cloner for this task and a FireWire drive of your favorite flavor. USB drives are notably spotty as startup drives these days. The technical reasons for this escape me.
SECOND: After you’ve installed Leopard have a second HUGE volume off to the side (physically a seperate drive, not just a partition on your boot drive). 500-750Gb. This will be for your Time Machine backups. Nothing else goes on it. It’s dedicated for the goodness in Leopard.
Yes, by doing this, Leopard’s total cost of ownership just went up. Your transition from Tiger to Leopard will be much improved and Time Machine is so much better a method of backing up… it’s worth the extra bucks.