- Nov 11, 2018
- Asus ProArt Z690-Creator
- RX 6800 XT
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Let's assume for a moment that bootable backups are no longer an option and we have (a) many third-party licensed applications, (b) many third-party licensed plug-ins, (c) lots of project files, data files, etc.So, @CaseySJ, I think you'll like this analysis and recommendation:
if Apple continue to push this as hard as they are (no bootable backups), and you need a great spare/backup Mac, well then this is a great argument for a Hackintosh spare! It's obviously cheaper, easier to upgrade, alter in many ways and put into production. As long as Macs support x86, then this can be a viable option!
So, there, another argument for a Hackintosh....if you need a spare, well, here is one viable (and affordable) option!
We know that:
- macOS system files are installed in their own APFS sealed volume.
- All of our applications, plug-ins, project files, data files, etc. are stored on the "data" volume.
- Make full and incremental backups of the "data" volume freely.
- Understandably, this is the 'stuff' that's most important to us.
- We can reformat the internal SSD and reinstall macOS from scratch.
- We can then clone our backed-up "data" volume to the internal "data" volume that is located in the same volume group as the newly installed macOS.
- Question 1: Is this viable?
- Question 2: If not viable, then we can clone our backed-up data volume to a new APFS volume created on the internal SSD.
- We can then go to System Preferences --> Users & Groups --> Advanced and point our home directory to the restored data volume.
- Time to install macOS from scratch
- Time to clone backup "data" volume to new internal data volume