Working off External Hard Drive

This is a curious question from me. I will be traveling for a few days to my folks home. My dad has an imac (glossy screen version with leopard so same operating system). I'm wondering if I make a carbon copy clone my system and programs to a hard drive, can I just work from the hard drive while I'm there?

Should be able to do that. Just verify that your clone boots before you depart.
How to Clone Using Restore Option of Disk Utility
1. Open Disk Utility from the Utilities folder.
2. Select the backup or destination volume from the left side list.
3. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (journaled, if available) and click on the Erase button. This step can be skipped if the destination has already been freshly erased.
4. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.
5. Select the backup or destination volume from the left side list and drag it to the Destination entry field.
6. Select the startup or source volume from the left side list and drag it to the Source entry field.
7. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.
You can substitute Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! if you wish. Both will be somewhat faster than DU's Restore option.

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