mach_kernel missing-new SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by scottbushey, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. scottbushey macrumors member

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    Hi board,
    Thanks in advance....

    I just upgraded my 2008 8.1 24 inch Imac w/ a 1 TB ssd. I am using carbon copy cloner to clone. I hit a wall of sorts; I believe it has to do with Yosemite.

    When I attempt to clone, I get an error message reading:

    "destination volume will not be bootable because required system file mach_kernel does not exist at the root of the source volume'".

    Can anyone assist?
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Prior to the restoration did you format the SSD and partition it as GUID?
     
  3. scottbushey thread starter macrumors member

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    I did. I am trying to install just OSX to the drive and thats not working either.
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3

    DeltaMac

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    Shut your iMac off.
    Restart, booting to your Yosemite installer.
    Run Disk Utility, from the Utilities menu, then First Aid/Repair Disk.
    If that completes with no problem, Quit Disk Utility, then continue on with an OS X install.
    If you still have a problem installing, can you tell us where it stops, and what error message you get - if any?
     
  5. scottbushey thread starter macrumors member

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    Ran disc utility on all my drives; no problems. When I attempt yo install the osx, it seems as if it is finishing. there is a button on the bottom of the box that tells me to restart. When I click it, nothing happens. it just stays on that page perpetually. I have to force a reboot and than when I hold the alt key down, it doesn't show the new ssd in the list.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    I'm assuming that restart screen comes at the end of the install, which usually will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
    How long is "perpetually?"
    I would let it go for an hour on that restart before calling it a fail.
    Yes, it shouldn't take that long, but the installer can appear to stall out, and may be doing some internal cleanup of some kind before the final restart.

    How many times have you tried an erase/install? I would try again, from booting to the Yosemite installer, and erasing the SSD through Disk Utility, then _Restart_ to the installer, and then install.

    What brand and model SSD do you have installed?
    You may need to find out if the most current firmware is installed on the SSD. That can sometimes be an issue.
     

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