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Old 04-24-2006, 04:27 PM
DaleMeyn DaleMeyn is offline
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Maybe it’s less confusing to visually compare the contents of Sandbox with those of the internal HD.* If you directly open the internal HD (“Mac HD”) by double-clicking on its icon on the desk top, and look at its Applications folder, you will see the list of what’s actually in Mac HD.* Note that none are shown as aliases (no little curved arrows at bottom left of the icons).* Do the same for the Sandbox HD (double-click on its icon on the desktop, not from the opened window), look in its Applications folder, you will see that many applications are actually aliases (marked by the little hooked arrows at bottom left of the icons).
** * Do the same experiment for your Home folder:* open the Users folder for the Mac HD, and note that the Home folder icon is “real” in the Mac HD, but only an alias in the Sandbox HD.
* * The above experiments tell you that your user applications (installed on Mac HD before Sandbox was created) and all your user files in the Home folder (Documents, Pictures, etc.) are not actually saved on the Sandbox HD.* When you boot from the Sandbox, and open the Home folder (via its alias on Sandbox), you’re actually now opening and saving documents to and from the original Home folder on the internal HD (Mac HD.)* However, all of OSX and its “system-owned” applications and files (like Safari, Mail, Library, etc.) are on Sandbox.
* * If, while booted from Sandbox, you install a new application like SuperDuper! it goes in Sandbox, not in Mac HD.* After you decide that it’s compatible and you like it, you can then boot up from Mac HD and install it there also.* Or stay in Sandbox and just copy back (using "Copy all files" and during copy “Smart Update”).* That will also copy to Mac HD any other apps you’ve installed on Sandbox, and any System updates made since the last “back copy”.* One advantage of copying back is that your preferences for SD!, etc., are also transferred to Mac HD.
* * The big advantage of all this is, that if something messes up Sandbox, no problem, just re-boot to Mac Hd (which is unaffected), and update Sandbox per User’s Guide p. 37.* If you’d been operating from Mac HD when a blowup happened, you’d have to recreate its contents, which could be mostly done from your latest full backup (NOT Sandbox!!), but wouldn’t include any of your work since that last backup.* Remember, when operating in Sandbox, all your work is saved to Mac HD, not Sandbox, which only keeps the alias of the Home folder, whose contents reside in the original Home folder on Mac HD.* That’s how it “shares” files with Mac HD.
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