HELP! - OS X wont boot!

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  1. ziess macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2003
    The other day I was mucking about on my 700 Mhz eMac when I thought, 'hey, I haven't tryed OS 9 for a while!'
    OS 9 is no longer installed on this machine cos i don't need it anymore but in a moment of nostalgia-induced mania I decided to try to reinstall OS 9. This is in itself not a stupid thing to do, I just wanted to see if I could do it without wiping OS X. The only problem in this previously foolproof plan was the fact that the last time I formatted my HD I unchecked the "install OS 9 drivers" box in diskutility when I was partitioning my HD. The OS 9 install disk therefore had no problem in booting my Mac it just wouldn't see the disk - obviously. I just thought **** it and booted up into OS X again. I then had wee look around the install disk and found a few cool things - fonts like palatino (now I can recreate apple adverts JOY!) that I must have lost when I last instaled Jaguar.
    I then saw (or possibly moved back into - I cant remember) the system folder on the install disk. I though - "maybe this'll work if I just copy it to my HD". I knew that at least classic could work without OS 9 drivers. SO i copied the folder to my hard drive and tried to boot classic. Classic started to boot and the tears came flooding back - its been long time - until it said "OS 9 will only boot from the original disk and will not work when copied to another disk". Ah well thought I and just as I was about to trash the OS 9 folder the icon changed to the normal OS 9 systemn folder icon ie.the folder with a big 9 on it.
    I thought, why dont i try booting to it, what harm can it do, if it doesnt work Ill just boot back up holding option - forgetting that this only works with seperate HD's or patitions!
    So i tried to boot OS 9 and to my horror I got the floppy with a flashing question mark.
    Bollocks though I as no amount of restarting with whatever held down could get me into an OS where I could see the disks and both my OS 9 and OS X install disks will only allow me to format the HD (the OS X one will allow me to format partition actually).
    the only thing is that there is some pretty critical stuff on both partitions - on my system on are my Uni essays and on my audio one is a few short fils in progress and all the stuff i've recorded in the past year and a half.
    Therefore I need some way of either accessing the disk and delleting the OS 9 folder and boot roms or of non-destructivley installin OS X to my second partition.
    I thought that maybe a firewire target mode linkup would, even if it wouldnt allow me to delete OS 9, let me copy my essays bt idunno if thats a OS thing. I though making a boot disk that would let me access the dusk and do the same things but i dunno if that wil work. I have acces to a few other Macs but id rather be sure of sucess beforeattempting anything.

    Any help is appreiciated!

  2. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2003
    Santa Barbara, CA
    So if you have OS 9 and OS X on one partition, why can't you just install OS X on the second partition? You wouldn't have to format anything, just do a standard install.
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I ran into a similar situation where I hadn't booted into Mac OS 9 for a while and then, it couldn't find it.

    I ended up using Tech Tool Deluxe to clean up the hard drive and then, booted straightaway into Mac OS X, after 3 days of messing with it.
  4. encro macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2002
    Try booting up your OS 9 CD and select the start-up volume from there.


    Boot into Open Firmware (Option+Command+O+F on boot).
    At the prompt, enter the following:
    set-defaults [hit Enter]
    boot hd:,SystemLibraryCoreServicesBootX [hit Enter]
    ...then open System Preferences and set the startup disk.

    I'm pretty sure the typeface is Apple Garamond rather than Palatino.

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