Can't Boot From Firewire HD

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ja0912, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. ja0912 macrumors member

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    I bought a 160GB HD and a Macally external firewire enclosure, and for some reason I cannot boot OS X on it. I get the "prohibited" symbol. I tried booting into verbose mode, but it never reached a prompt and said something like "blahblahIOFirewireSupport has no kernel dependency" and other similar lines.

    I've been googling for hours and wonder if it's possible that the HD is not OS X bootable? It's a standard Samsung 7200 160GB HD. I've reinstalled several times with no succes. Would diskwarrior help?

    (it boots OS 9 just fine, and i'm using a Dual USB iBook)
     
  2. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    What version of 10? I've only heard of this happening with a newer computer and an older OS. Hold down option at startup and then select the correct disk. I've gotten stuff to work though that.
     
  3. cpjakes macrumors 6502

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    Could it be the drive format?

    If you bought the drive and put it in the enclosure, chances are that it was not HFS+ formatted. You may be able to install OS X on the drive, but if it's not the right format it wouldn't boot. Did you have to format the drive when you used it the first time?

    cpjakes
     

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