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TarsierSpectral (IS/IT--Management) (OP)
10 Mar 10 6:29
Hi,

I am on Tiger.
Every time I try to backup my files to an external HD I end up with a folder called the same name as my external drive in /volumes.  For example if my external drive is called MyExternalDrive I end up with  folder called MyExternalDrive in /volumes (/volumes/MyExternalDrive).  It's not an alias it's a regular folder.
I tried different backup programs and this happens no matter what I use.  It has to be something in the OS that is doing that.  Anyone has any ideas?

Thanks
TarsierSpectral (IS/IT--Management) (OP)
10 Mar 10 6:39
Just to add to this.  The problem is that once the external drive is ejected the folder remains in /volumes and all the contents of the external drive are there.  It takes all the space left on the internal drive and complains that the internal drive is full.
spamjim (Instructor)
10 Mar 10 9:18
In regard to "/volumes", BSD/*nix systems mount drives this way.

By default, an OS X user does not see this folder (but it can be made visible: http://www.milkcarton.com/blog/CommentView,guid,11135e07-6332-4c64-a883-61810d48b80c.aspx ).

What backup software is being used? Did you do an unusual action to reveal the /volumes that might be preventing it from refreshing when the drive is ejected?

You might google for a tweak to force refresh Finder and possible clear out that /volume directory when the volume is ejected.

http://www.google.com/search?q=os+x+finder+refresh

If you want an exact replica of the primary drive, look to CarbonCopyCloner (freeware) or a similar app to do this.
JimHilton (IS/IT--Management)
22 May 10 1:25
Thats actually correct.  In the /volumes folder (consider it the "root" of the tree), it will show all "volumes" connected to the machine.

So if you want to do a backup and your machines HD name is say myhd you could simply drag/drop /volumes/myhd to /volumes/mybackupdrive.

CCC (Carbon copy cloner) is a great utility and that will make an exact image of your main HD.  Could really be handy if your main HD dies.

Jim

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