How to backup and restore everything exactly as it is?
Hey everyone. So I've been running Lion on my PC for about 7 months now and love it. It took me about a week of fiddling with it to get everything to work, and I finally succeeded and haven't looked back since.
I have a 2tb internal hard drive. The main 'Lion' partition is around 500GB, my 'Storage' partition is about 1TB and my 'Time Machine' partition is about 500GB.
I am on 10.7.2 right now without ANY issues, and this is my full-time production machine.
I recently tried enabling FileVault so I could enable full disk encryption, and it denied me, saying I needed a different file system. From what I understand, this is an issue that I'll have to fix from an OSX dvd and will have to re-format the partition Lion is currently on.
So, seen as this is my first ever Apple system and thus I am still kind of new at this, here is my question: How can I back EVERYTHING up so that once I re-format the partition I can simply reload everything from the other partition and boot back into the system as it is?
I am deathly afraid of something going bad here and locking me out of booting and thus work.
I do use Time Machine and give it half of a Terabyte to backup to, but I honestly don't know how useful that is for me in this situation.
Does anyone have any advice/ideas?
I'd love to hear it!