how to stop os x booting from external drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rkyve, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. rkyve macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I have a mac pro running Leopard with Time Machine backup on an external 500GB FREECOM drive.

    My issue is that I cannot boot my mac while the drive is connect, because it seems it tries to boot from the external drive and it starts displaying a flashing folder with a question mark in it.

    So everytime I need to fire up my machine, I need to disconnect the external drive > boot > connect the external drive.

    Could anybody assist please?

    Thanks!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    have you made sure your settings are right in System Prefs->Startup Disc??
     

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  4. rkyve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sure thing... all settings are fine in System Preferences.

    I go to System Preferences > Startup Disk > Select the internal OS drive > RESTART: same issue!

    :(
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    how odd, when you restart, hold down the Option button. when the images of the hard drives appear can you tell us which one is highlighted?
     
  6. rkyve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried it: only the image of the os x hard drive sows. The external drive does not show.
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    wow ok that is extremely odd, sorry i dont have a solution at this point in time.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Boot from the OS X install disc and repair the internal drive.
     

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