Chris Caouette wrote:Can I restore the Qrecall archive to a new blank drive a be able to boot from it or do I need to install the basic OS first?
Either, as long as you're restoring from the same generation of Mac OS X. Changes in the filesystem make it impossible to restore a Leopard system using Tiger, or a Snow Leopard system using Leopard.
My recommended backup strategy is to install a minimal copy of your current OS on a bootable external drive. Strip off everything you don't need (apps, languages, printers, etc), install QRecall, and then use that drive to store your QRecall archives.
If disaster should strike your startup drive, boot from the external and restore your startup volume.