New to leopard-part 2

Hello again!
This, I believe, is a more serious problem.
I would prefer not to use Time Machine and keep doing as I've done when I was using my deceased PPC iMac: cloning my internal HD onto an FW-HD and updating the clone as needed.
In order to do this I first needed to install OS X 10.6 onto it, but this I could not do.
The installer said the FW-HD was not formatted as required by the installer: it does not use a "GUID Partition Table Scheme"
Installer told me to use Disk Utility to reformat the drive but the only options Disk Utility offered did not fit the description; it could only be formatted as one of these:
Mac OS Extended (journaled),
Mac OS Extended,
Mac OS Extended (case sensitive journaled), and
Mac OS Extended (case sensitive)
The FW-HD is a 330 GB Maxtor drive which I can connect to the computer only with USB as the cable is for FW 400 (another glitch, another surprise) and no one told me that I needed a different cable.
I tried twice to clone using SuperDuper! as I always did with my deceased PPC iMac, but it quit unexpectedly.
Am I stuck with Time Machine then?

Kappy wrote:
Connect the drive using the proper USB cable. Prep the drive as follows:
Drive Preparation
1.  Boot from your OS X Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.
2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID (for Intel Macs) or APM (for PPC Macs) then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.
4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.
5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.
6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.
When formatting has completed quit DU and return to the installer.  Complete the OS X installation.
Kappy,
I must take back what I said on my first reply to your helpful post: I did get a bootable FW-HD the way you indicated but, not because you were not right: either the devil or Time Machine made away with it; I no longer have a bootable FW-HD!
I believe TM is the culprit and now I shall go back to trying backing up the old way, i.e.: either SuperDuper or CCC.
The reason I had to start TM was, SD nor CCC did work for some reason; I'm still waiting to hear from Shirt Pocket and find out why it did not work.
On the other hand, CCC can only clone a drive by first erasing the target (I believe this is also the case with SD), which is not what I want as the target was already formatted and bootable.
I need to go further on this issue but, I'll definitely get rid of TM; it is cumbersome and not worth using it; it keeps too much too long.
Thank you again; regards

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