booting up with Hard drives connected ?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fab5freddy, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    #1
    i am having a hard time booting up my macbook pro 15" LED
    with my 2 hard drives connected to the USB port and Firewire 400 port ??
    it won't boot up with those devices connected, and once i remove the devices, the computer boots right away...? why is this happening ?

    thanks, FF
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    No idea...my iMac does the same thing when my iPod is plugged in, it just sits at the grey screen. When I have my Firewire drive plugged in and powered up, I don't have any problems. It does it with my thumb drive too. I think it's a USB thing :\
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    How long are you giving it to boot? Your Mac will be probing those devices, loading boot drivers (it it has them) and then scanning the filesystems to see if the are bootable...
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    I've let it sit for quite awhile, sometimes 10 minutes and it does nothing. But right after I unplug my iPod, I get the grey Apple and all is well.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    yea i have at elast 4 startup disks plugged in at any one time and mines fine.. maybe try holding Option on startup???
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    Try checking the startup folder you have selected in System Preferences. Sometimes this seems to get "forgotten" which can lead to long startup times...
     

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