Can't boot from external Lion drive on Retina Macbook

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Vandal., Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Vandal. macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2013
    Hey guys,

    I like to create clones of my startup disk when transitioning between machines or systems to be able to boot from these if anything goes wrong, I forgot stuff, sell the old machine etc. etc.. This always worked nicely, I have an external drive with two partitions, one Snow Leopard, one Lion that I can boot from with my old macs running Lion.

    Now I just got a new Retina Macbook and 10.8.3 doesn't let me boot from either, the Lion partition just gives me the prohibitory sign.

    I'm aware that the Retina Macbooks won't run Snow Leopard but from what I read they should let me boot from systems as "old" as 10.7.4. Is there something I am missing here?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    They had a custom build of 10.7.4. You need to have at least 10.7.5 on the external to be able to boot from it.
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    You can actually update to 10.7.5 on the external when you connect it to the rMBP, you just have to select the disk when doing the update.
    Provided you download 10.7.5 manually.
    Well, it should work, you'll never know with these newer OS"s.
  4. Vandal. thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2013
    The external is actually 10.7.5 already but it still won't boot from it. I guess I could just update the machine it was cloned from to ML and then clone it again. Might loose a few applications to incompatibility but I'd still have the old system...
  5. Vandal. thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2013
    So now I updated the Lion partition on the external to Mountain Lion and it still won't boot. I'm getting the prohibitory sign again.

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