|Feb 21, 2013, 10:01 PM||#1|
When I set up my Mac Pro I created an alternate, internal drive that could also be used as a startup drive. I realize that I forget some of the keyboard commands for diagnostic startups, and recognize the inability to research them in crisis when a computer fails to work correctly.
I am wondering how some of you may have prepared for such a possibility. Do you create any sort of references on paper?
I also consider this as I ponder whether to create an alternate drive so I can try Mountain Lion and at the same time keep a drive with Snow Leopard in case I want to go back.
|Feb 21, 2013, 11:50 PM||#2|
I guess you could jot down notes if your Mac Pro is the only internet capable device in your house. When I do upgrades on my computer I use my ipad to access online DIY guides.
2012 Mac Mini - i7 Quad Core 2.3 GHz - 16GB RAM - 128 GB SSD - (2) Dell S2340M
|Feb 22, 2013, 12:18 PM||#3|
"When I set up my Mac Pro I created an alternate, internal drive that could also be used as a startup drive. I realize that I forget some of the keyboard commands for diagnostic startups"
Well, if the Mac won't boot from your primary startup volume, just do this:
- As soon as you hear the startup sound, hold down the option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN
- In a few moments the startup manager will appear, giving you a choice between all bootable volumes
- Select your alternate boot volume and go...
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