Shirt Pocket Discussions  
    Home netTunes launchTunes SuperDuper! Buy Now Support Discussions About Shirt Pocket    

Go Back   Shirt Pocket Discussions > SuperDuper! > General

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-24-2005, 01:11 AM
MartyP MartyP is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1
SD and other cloners repeatedly hang

I'm using a Mac MDD dual 1.25 GHz G4; 2 GB RAM; 6 drives (4 external FW, 2 internal ATA); Adaptec 29106N SCSI card; Orange Micro USB 2,0/FireWire Card (both now removed). Current OS 10.3.9. I have tried to install 10.4, 10.4.1 and 10.4.2 on one erased and repartitioned internal drive and cannot get it to work.

I have had no luck backing up on OS X since I left OS 9 in 2003!! I'm very serious and extremely frustrated. I just registered SD but have used it a few times earlier - only once did it work. To be totally fair, Retrospect 6 (current and previous versions hung; Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3 hangs, SilverKeeper 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 hang, and a few others. Once in 10 or 12 times I get a completed copy, though clone rarely means "able to boot."

I like SD's options and would like to depend on it as I did Connectix' CopyAgent for years (actually I still use it on my OS 9 boot drive and even to copy my home folder and occasionally entire Users folders on OS X drives. But long names often end up in hex and don't convert back in OS X. But at least I can back up some important files.

I tried SD today twice and it hung (copying about 60 GB, hung first after copying about 45 GB and then 2nd time after only 5 GB. Would trying again without erasing and using Smart Update possibly complete the process and also be bootable?

I've mentioned a lot off topic but I'm getting desperate to have backups a routine again. I've mentioned 10.4 mainly to give someone a possible hint at a machine problem I might have (been on forums asking for years with no results). All I get with Tiger is a few seconds, then, whenever I click on something, I get the "Pizza Wheel of Death." If this is somehow connected to why SD and other BU utilities just freeze midway, I'd love to know. Any guidance sincerely appreciated.

MartyP (at least trying to smile)
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2005, 08:07 AM
dnanian's Avatar
dnanian dnanian is offline
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Weston, MA
Posts: 14,923
Send a message via AIM to dnanian
It certainly sounds like you've got some sort of hardware problem, Mary, as you've said. It's likely to be in the disk subsystem: maybe even a drive with a pretty significant bad spot, and OSX gets locked up doing retries to get the data read.

It could also be a software conflict -- Norton stuff can definitely do this kind of thing. The fact that it works in OS9 -- though OS9 isn't backing up the same stuff, and you can *really* mess yourself up pretty badly trying to restore that way -- might point toward software issues.

(That doesn't explain your Tiger issues, which indicates even larger problems -- or more significant software conflicts.)

What I'd suggest is first booting in "Safe Mode", and trying the backup with SuperDuper! there. You can do this by powering off, holding down Shift, and then powering on. Keep shift down all the way until you finish booting.

Then, open the Console application, and switch to the "system log". Then try the backup (without doing anything else).

If/when the backup fails, what appears in the system log (in Console)?
--Dave Nanian
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.