Making a bootable disk image of Disk Warrior on an external firewire...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mach1andy, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. mach1andy macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2004
    Los Angeles
    The other day, a friend's powerbook refused to start-up and I used Disk Warrior 4 to bring it back to life. I found this program to be really valuable but I'm not going to bring a disc with me everywhere I go.

    I am curious as to how you can get the DiskWarrior program disk as a partition on an external hard drive so that if this happened again (and i had my nifty external with me) I could boot from it and fix any issues.

    Does anyone know how to do this? My guess would be to go into Disk Utility and make a new image of the disk and then drag it onto a partition on the external drive but i'm not really sure what format (.iso, .bin, .cue) to use.
  2. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I tried two methods for making my iPod bootable:

    1. Manually drag all the files from the bootable volume (my HD) to the iPod. This actuallt worked! But the next time it didn't This method is fast but unreliable.

    2. Use Carbon Copy Cloner. (See SLOOOOW... but it gets all the invisible files and makes a good, bootable copy.

    Of course, your external destination drive must be formatted properly too.

    Note that my source was not a CD--but still I think CCC should do the job.
  3. wickedsteve macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Just make a bootable drive and install DW onto it. It doesn't need to be booted off the DW disc to work. I have DW3 installed on my Mac and it works on any other drive I plug into it. It just can not fix the current boot drive. If I need the primary drive fixed I just boot from another drive with DW on it.
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The point of using the System on the DW disk is that it automagically works to boot almost all Macs. If you use the OS of a particular Mac to install on a FW external, there's a chance it will not boot a different model line of Mac.
  5. mach1andy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2004
    Los Angeles
    so it sounds like the disc is really clutch... I would have thought that a partition on a firewire disk would achieve the same thing-- but faster-- and less prone to scraches.

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