Prevent external HD from booting

burnswuff

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I installed Mountain Lion as a partition on my external HD. It also contains my Time machine backups along with two other partitions. However, every time I plug it in, it always opens the ML install drive and asks if I want to install ML. Is there a way to close out of this so that that particular partition does open when plugged in?

Also, is there a way to hide that specific partition from the desktop?
 

Arelunde

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Sounds like the easiest solution would be to drag/drop the ML file to a separate flash and store it there, deleting it from your current external HD.
 

Weaselboy

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I installed Mountain Lion as a partition on my external HD. It also contains my Time machine backups along with two other partitions. However, every time I plug it in, it always opens the ML install drive and asks if I want to install ML. Is there a way to close out of this so that that particular partition does open when plugged in?

Also, is there a way to hide that specific partition from the desktop?
Do an option key boot and select the partition/drive you want to boot from. Then go to System Preferences and in the Startup Disk pane select the partition/drive you want to boot from and restart. From then on it will boot from the partition you selected.