No less two months after I brought my PowerBook G4 in to get the trackpad, power input and white spots fixed, not only are the effing white spots back but the lower RAM slot is b0rked.
You know what the means.
My precious two jiggabites of humina humina memory have been slashed in half like the rainforests that were destroyed as a result of Apple’s poor environmental record.
So it need not be said that Tiger’s speed isn’t so speedy anymore; in fact, its moves more resemble a sloth with a limp. But I digress.
This is apparently a “common problem” according the Mac Genius who took my repair details down — notably the same one that I talked to two months ago when I had my other issues. And it’s also apparently the reason that my PowerBook doesn’t sleep when I tell it to — coming alive like some “Sorry, Dave I can’t do that” somnamulbot when I tuck it away in my fraying Timbuk2 bag.
Man I’m a mess.
Anyway, here’s what I need some advice on… I happen to have another PowerBook G4… the previous model — that works fine. All I want to do is copy over my system verbatim to the old and pick up from where I’m leaving off from my current system so that I can ship this puppy off to Apple to get repaired. This shouldn’t be that hard, should it?
Anyway, I left Synk (an rsync wrapper) running for 8 hours last night but after encounteringo only 5 minor errors, wasn’t able to produce a bootable clone machine… I’m sure the data’s there, but a key component here is zero downtime when switching over — I just want to swap the data from one system to another and keep going!
I’ve tried Bombich’s Carbon Copy Cloner in the past but had a similarly sticky time — having it crash midway through a backup.
Is there any simple way to do this?! Preferably with a GUI? I mean, I could try to just take out the whole harddrive and deposit it in the other, but I’ve never done that… would you recommend that route for a fairly savvy hardware dude?