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Uising Unbutu to back up macbook hard drive

Started by infinitexpanse, December 30, 2020, 05:29:24 PM

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Hi I was hoping someone would be able to help me. I have a macbook pro ssd hard drive in a damaged macbook pro I want to remove and back up. The only computer I have access to do this with is one running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 64bit. Is it possible If I connect the removed ssd via usb to the computer will I then be able to access and backup the contents of the the ssd onto another hard drive using unbutu? If so what application should I use?

Help will be really appreciated. Many thanks :)


Hello  - and welcome to the Forum.

You will need to put the SSD into a suitable enclosure that will plug into a USB port.  Ubuntu will then treat it just like another directory from which you can back up your files. 

There are fancy backup applications - indeed Ubuntu comes with a backup facility that you can find out about here: https://linuxconfig.org/ubuntu-20-04-system-backup-and-restore.  However, it might be easier simply to use commands in a terminal.  Let us know if you would like to do this. 



Unless I'm mistaken macos uses hfs filesystem which I don't think ubuntu can read/write natively

if so there is some info here to help you mount a hfs drive in Ubuntu

https://itectec.com/ubuntu/ubuntu-how-to-read-and-write-hfs-journaled-external-hdd-in-ubuntu-without-access-to-os-x (https://itectec.com/ubuntu/ubuntu-how-to-read-and-write-hfs-journaled-external-hdd-in-ubuntu-without-access-to-os-x)

Good luck

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