How do I Copy Just the OS?
My MacBook HD is dying and it's hard/time consuming to copy anything from it to my external drive (I've been using Silverlight by LaCie for my backups.) I want to preserve my OS 10.6.8 and make a bootable copy of that on my external. Since I need to be very selective of what files/folders I need to copy I want to be sure I capture all that I need to make a copy of the OS. So which files/folders do I need to bring over? Is it merely "System"?
If you simply copy the system folder, you will not have a bootable copy, you will have a copy of the system folder.
To be able to boot from an external drive, you will need to install osx in that drive, which means that it would have to be formated to hold OSX (GUID OSX Journaled).
My suggestion would be to get a replacement for the dying HDD and install OSX directly to it and then move your files back from your LaCie backup.
Hope this helps.