firewire HD dock

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by brentg33, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. brentg33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2007
    Hi all,
    i just got the voyager Q HD dock. My fiancé's macbook met an early demise an d my hopes were to have her boot off the HD from her old mb.on my older mbp both are running 10.7.2. I have the voyager Q connected via firewire 800. I set the permissions of the drive so that everyone has access and checked ignore ownership of the drive ( i am able to mount ). but when i start the machine and hold down the option key, only my MBP's internal drive is visible as a choice to boot off of.

    any suggestions?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I also have a Voyager Q and it has the same problem with my 2007-vintage iMac.

    Recent firewire 800 drives (at least the Voyager Q SATA docking stations) will boot newer Macs via firewire, but will -not- boot older Macs (by "older" I mean just a few years older).

    Something has changed in the past couple of years regarding [modern] firewire interfaces and booting older Macs. Not sure whether this has to do with the hardware, or software.

    Just wondering, do you have a newer Mac you could try the Voyager dock on, something released within 2010-11? If so, any difference?

    The "workaround" to this problem is to boot from USB, rather than firewire. Yes, it is slower. But it works -- trying to boot from firewire will not.
  3. brentg33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2007
    I do have a new iMac I can try. However when I try via USB with my older mbp I can choose the external volume to boot....but I get stuck at the grey apple logo startup page and the wheel just spins. Perhaps I can try verbose mode to see where it's stalling?

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