Target Mode VS Bootable Disk Image on External HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by YS2003, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    When a Mac does not boot up due to some software or hardware problems, I read you can use the target mode using another Mac or make a bootable image on the external HD (before the problem happens) and boot up from that external HD.

    I have 4 Macs already with 5 external HDs. I am weary of using Maxtor's onetouch (retrospect programs) to making the bootable copy on the HD (I feel there can be some data corruptions when software try to make that bootable copy and retrieve that data back to a repaired or new HD). So my back up plans are simply to back up my home folders (mostly documents) without using a 3rd party back up program.

    Except for the bootable copy of the HD (ie. all the files including systems files), is there any major difference in accessing a troubled Mac via the "target mode" or "bootable external HD?" Does either method achieve the goal (to fix the HD if it is fixable and to retrieve the data)?
  2. dops7107 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2005
    Perth, Oztrailya
    If I understand your question correctly, it makes no difference. All you need is an external boot source - which can be either a stand-alone external drive with OS X on it, or another Mac - and that will let you access your non-bootable HD. Assuming of course that your problem is not a broken HD, just some corrupt start-up files or something.

    The only difference is how you would get the computer to boot. Target mode is initiated differently to booting from an external drive. I think that if the Mac can't boot from its normal HD, it will look for another bootable volume. But if you want t o force to boot from an external HD, you need another key combo... which I can't remember at the minute :rolleyes:

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