Problem with external hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by seabass069, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. seabass069 macrumors regular

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    I have a mac mini. I have an external hard drive with a 7200 rpm maxter drive. I use this as my main OS X drive . I turn on the power of the external drive and then turn on the mac, it takes 2 or 3 times of rebooting the mac for it to recognize the external drive and then load up OS X Tiger. What is causing this? I have it set in the start-up to load from the external drive. Does the mac mini have a setting that it wants to load from the internal (very slow drive) first? Is it a problem with external drive? How can I solve this problem and have 0 problems starting the mac mini?
     
  2. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Why not use the internal drive for the Start Up drive
    ?
     
  3. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    Ditto.
     
  4. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    i'm guessing he's looking for the speed of the external (7200 vs 42 or 54)... i'm not sure how to fix the problem necessarily. i assume it's firewire?

    how do you tell it which drive to boot up on? choosing the startup disk in sys prefs or by holding option when you boot?
     
  5. yg17 macrumors G5

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    How long do you wait to boot up the Mac? The drive might take a few seconds to power up and get ready for use.
     

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