pentium wrote:Well ball, that confirms my suspicion that Apple is cutting off people from updating their older systems.
Well I'll just have to figure out how to do imaging.
Well, they can still update, but they have to download the updates manually. Inconvenient, sure, but it's not closing the door. You can still download System 6, after all. If you use the cumulative (aka "Combo") updaters, it's not too horrible.
That said, if the hardware is the same, re-imaging is usually faster than running a fresh install, reloading your apps, and patching stuff.
Probably the fastest way to create an image from an old iBook is to use either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper on a fast Mac, with the iBook connected in Firewire Target Mode, assuming that it's a Firewire Mac, of course. Both support block level imaging and incremental imaging, and both have good documentation. You can also run those tools under Panther, if you find older versions of them. You can also use Apple's Disk Utility to make an image, but it usually takes a little longer to run and has fewer options. Also, you can't use Apple's Disk Utility to clone the boot drive, so you'd need to run it from either an OS X installation CD or by booting from another disk.