Can you boot from an external-enclosed drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gohome190, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. gohome190 macrumors regular

    gohome190

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    It's connected by Firewire. Also, how do I get to the boot menu on my mac. Everytime I turn it on, the screen goes white, then goes to a blue screen with a folder with the Finder logo in it, changing with a question mark.

    So... Any help?

    Thanks
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You can boot from a FireWire drive as long as it has a full install of OSX on it. You should just have to hold down option on start to get the boot menu.
     
  3. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Should be the "Alt" Key then. I've seen a few Logitech Windows keyboards pull off some Mac magic and screw even that up.
     
  5. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess the external enclosure is broken. I guess I'll have to return it to Newegg.
     
  6. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    There are some external firewire drives that do not support booting a mac. I ran into this with a budget case that I threw a drive into. The packaging said "mac support", but it didn't mean bootable. If you want to make your own, OtherWorld computing has nice cases, good support, and flawless performance.

    Most major brands support booting. It seems to be the cheap, off brands that don't.
     
  7. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    You can also try mounting the drive, then going into System Prefs > Startup Disk. If the external shows up as an option, select it and restart. If it doesn't, then it's the drive (either unsupported or not working).
     
  8. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The mac simply does not recognize the HDD, on the desktop or in the system prefs. I don't even hear the HDD start up when I turn the enclosure on.
     
  9. NickD macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe drivers? What kind of drive is it? Sometimes software is necessary.
     
  10. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Dumb question, but I'll ask: did you format it? Open up Disk Utility and see if it will detect the hard drive. Then try reformatting it.

    If Disk Utility won't see the hard drive at all, then you'll probably want to return it.
     
  11. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah disk utility doesnt recognize it. return both?
     
  12. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    If Disk Utility won't recognize the drive, and you just bought it, then yeah, I'd return it. There are probably things you could do (like repair it with Disk Warrior or something), but if the drive is new, you shouldn't have to be repairing it already.
     

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