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Upgrading Tiger 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard...how do I back up everything first

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I'm going to be upgrading to Snow Leopard, but I'm concerned about backing everything up. I just got an external drive but I don't know what to do to get all of my files onto it before upgrading just in case the upgrade loses all my docs and pics. Sh

I'm going to be upgrading to Snow Leopard, but I'm concerned about backing everything up. I just got an external drive but I don't know what to do to get all of my files onto it before upgrading just in case the upgrade loses all my docs and pics. Should I be creating an image disk? Any pointers?
Also, will this wipe applications I have previously loaded like MS Office and Rosetta Stone?

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Basically you need to partition your drive to GUID, then format to Mac Extended. You do both of these with Disk Utility. Then you need to clone your internal drive to the external drive.
[Formatting & Partitioning a Hard Drive in OS X - Tiger and Leopard|http://www.kenstone.net/fcphomepage/partitioningtiger.html]
[Journaling, Zeroing, Partitioning & OS 9 driver|http://forums.bombich.com/viewtopic.php?t=4084]
[Kappy's extensive hard drive formatting post|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8340551]
[BDaqua's Formatting instructions|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8901255]
[Setting up a backup drive under OS9|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2172992]
Cloning And Backup Tools
A bootable clone is an exact copy of your drive which is capable of booting your computer. Making a copy of your computer which is capable of actually starting the computer requires special copying procedures. Some people just back up data files but if you have problems you have to reinstall all your operating system and all your applications. With a bootable clone you just start up from the backup drive and clone back everything.
To copy files from one hard drive to another hard drive you can use:
[CarbonCopy Cloner|http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html] (donationware)
[SuperDuper|http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html] (shareware)
[IBackup|http://www.grapefruit.ch/iBackup/index.html] (free)
The Restore function of Disk Utility included in OS X. [Kappy's directions|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8799711#8799711]
[Tri-Backup (commercial)|http://www.tri-edre.com/english/tribackup.html] (payware)
[Silverkeeper|http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper> (free) - version 2 has some issues (references: [here|http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/backup/index.html#d12jan2009], and [here|http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/backup/index.html#d13jan2009]) and it is recommended Tiger users stick with 1.1.4.
[Kappy's Backup Software Recommendations|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=9065665#906 5665]
[Overview of Mac OS X Backup Programs|http://8help.osu.edu/1247.html]

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