Super Duper question?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Jericho14, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. Jericho14 macrumors member


    Oct 25, 2014
    South Florida
    Recently, my iMac (late 2009, 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 12gig Memory ) has been giving me the White Screen of Death. Ive been able to boot to Disc Utility and restore the computer each time, but its becoming more frequent.
    I use Super Duper to copy my HDD to an external HD (bootable), and it has set that external HD at my boot drive.
    Could that be causing my iMac to have problems?
    Should I go into System Preferences and change my boot drive back to the iMac HDD?
    Would appreciate any ideas. Thanks.
  2. thewap macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2012
    It could be that your external boot drive is starting to fail, first thing I would do is back up all your data, verify the volume/perms and see if the drive has been corrupted. Returning to your internal boot drive would also give you insight if the external drive was a problem.

    If the drives are not the problem then it might be a software problem or OS problem, you may have to re-install your OS.
  3. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    Beds, UK
    When are you getting a white screen? On boot after the Apple logo and progress bar/spinning gear?

    If so, that could relate to either a GPU issue or, more likely, a login item issue. Try booting up into safe mode and see if that helps.

    If possible, remove applications from your login items to help narrow down the suspect.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Something I'm not clear about.
    You wrote above:
    [[ I use Super Duper to copy my HDD to an external HD (bootable), and it has set that external HD at my boot drive. ]]

    Is there some particular reason WHY you're setting the external to be the boot drive?
    Or is SD somehow doing this on its own?
    Is there a setting in SD that allows you to choose the external to be the boot drive after a clone is completed?

    Do you regularly use the external drive to be your boot drive?
    Is this intentional?

    I ask because there's nothing inherently wrong with using an "external booter" (I've been doing it for the last two years). The issue is whether you intend this or not.

    If you want the internal drive as your boot drive, just re-set it to be so by using the Startup Disk preference pane...

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