Emergency Recovery OS X CD??

evildead

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I am trying to make a bootable OS X home-made emergency recovery CD. I like to put all my Utilities on the same disk (Norton, Disk Warrior, TechTools.. etc.) as well as a few others. The only way to use most of them is to boot off a different system than the one you want to fix, but if you use the CD out of the Box then you don't get the latest version of the app.

any way... I cant seem to get a OX S CD to work. I made a partition just for a slim OS X + apps and when I tried to burn it... it fails every time. (I get a error on some norton files that I cant find anywhere on they drive) Even if I log in as root and do it. I tried using a little app that makes Bootable .dmg images out of an original OS X CD and your HD system. But... those panic at boot.


Has anyone made a OS X Bootable recovery disk and got it to work?

-evildead
 

cornelius

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Jan 9, 2002
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I have the same problem.
if anyone has any instructions, please let me know. I need to make an emergency cd for my friends ibook. with all the updated utility aps. Thanks
 

AlphaTech

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Oct 4, 2001
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making a multi-utility cd

Ok kiddies...

I had to make a new one to use on my rev. c TiBook Friday night. Since I have made ones before it was much easier to just modify it to work. Just so that you know ahead of time, you need to make it as an OS 9 booting cd, not OS X. Take the OS install cd that came with your computer (that way it has the required OS to start with), and using Disk Copy, make a duplicate of it. Make SURE that you spec it as a read/write cd image, and make it to fit on whatever size cd blanks you use (either 650MB or 700MB). If this is only going to be a utility cd, you can remove just about anything you want, except for the system folder. At that point, you can install the utilities onto the cd image. Once you have done that, make sure that you search for any/all preferences or extensions for those utilities on your computers hard drive. If you find them, move them over to the cd image. An alternate method, is to install all of them onto your hard drive, and then move the components to the cd image, making sure to move the system folder items to their respective folders. I recommend launching the utilites before moving them, and setting the preferences. That way, you avoid resetting the preferences every time.

Once you have done this once, you can move the items to updated booting cd images. You can also go online and grab all the updates before moving all the parts, so that you have the very latest versions.

I have Disk Warrior 2, TechTool Pro 3.0.1, and NSW all on the OS 9 install cd (I keep the OS installer in case I need to fix the OS as well as run utilities). This has done very well for me so far. I have yet to obtain Drive 10 and see if it is an OS X booting cd or not. If it is, then I will try and make it the base for another utility cd.
 

evildead

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Thanks

I have made OS 9 utilitie CDs in the past but Im trying to make a OS X one. 9 is simple... you can even do it with a zip disk and install apps that way. I have a extra partiton just for making boot disks. Drive 10 has a OS X system on it and it boots off of that, so I know its possible to make one. I was going to just take that system off the Drive 10 CD but its OS 10.0.4... at least the version I have is. Im going to keep tinkering with it. I think Its a permissions problem with Norton. But then again... I still have problems if I burn the disk as root. Ill keep trying. If I get it to work... Ill post something here about it. I just need more time to play with it... maybe when the semester is over.


-evildead
 

GeeYouEye

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Dec 9, 2001
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Those Norton files you can't find are invisible in the main firectory of your HD ( ie in the same folder as System, Applications, System Folder, Applications (Mac OS 9), etc. ), IIRC.
 

AlphaTech

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Oct 4, 2001
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Natick, MA
Re: Thanks

Originally posted by evildead
I have made OS 9 utilitie CDs in the past but Im trying to make a OS X one. 9 is simple... you can even do it with a zip disk and install apps that way. I have a extra partiton just for making boot disks. Drive 10 has a OS X system on it and it boots off of that, so I know its possible to make one. I was going to just take that system off the Drive 10 CD but its OS 10.0.4... at least the version I have is. Im going to keep tinkering with it. I think Its a permissions problem with Norton. But then again... I still have problems if I burn the disk as root. Ill keep trying. If I get it to work... Ill post something here about it. I just need more time to play with it... maybe when the semester is over.
I use cd's and not zip disks since not all systems have zip drives, but they do have cd-rom drives.

When I can get a copy of Drive 10, I will see about pulling it apart and if I can get it to work. I will also give a try to the OS X install cd that came with my new TiBook. :D

800MHz in the laptop makes things hellovafast. :D
 

Mac_Nerd_Wanabe

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May 9, 2002
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since i have hosed OS X three times... i have been down this road. here's two things i can do for ya...

[/B]If you have a X.1 Update CD, here's how you convert it to an Install CD in OS X[/B]

1- insert CD

2- launch Disk Copy

3- select from the Menu Bar "Image | New Image from Device"

4- select your CD from the Dialog

5- image it as a "DVD/CD Master" type (will take a little while)


Converting it

1- mount the resulting image

2- navigate with the Finder to "System|Installation|Packages" on mounted image

3- right click on the "Essentials.pkg" file and choose "Show Package Contents"

4- in the Window that opens up, navigate to "Contents|Resources"

5- delete the file "CheckforOSX" by dragging the file to the trash and empty the Trash

6- close all Finder windows

Burning it

1- launch Disk Copy and from the Menu Bar, select "Image|New Image from Device"

2- select the mounted Volume (that you created)and make another "DVD/CD Master" image

3- now from the Menu Bar, select "Image|Burn Image"

4- select your newly modified ".dmg" file

5- burn it and you're done!!!!!!


click here to see about using BootCD app

it does work and allows you to run the OS X Finder on the CD but, some utilities won't work due to...... just follow the link and read it for yourself :)
 
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