MacBook Pro :: Make An External Drive Startup Disk?

Jun 2, 2012

I am thinking about how to add extra storage to my macbook pro, and thinking that the simplest way would be to get a WD 2T and boot from that as a matter of course. I would use the internal drive for back-up. The reason for this is that the 1T internal is getting full. The other option is to replace the Super Drive (DVD/CD Drive) with a 750G, and have the dvd/cd drive external. What is better?  

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Air :: Transfer Files To External Drive When Startup Disk Is Full?

Jun 17, 2012

How to transfer files to an external drive when start up disk is full?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Expand The Size Of Startup Disk With A FW800 External Drive?

Jun 2, 2012

I wasn't sure if it wouls be a bad idea if I wiped the interal hard drive while I'm booting from a recovery disk, then made a RAID 0 with the internal drive and my FW800 external drive. I'm nearing my max for the internal drive. I have a second FW400 drive backing up with Time Machine. I was hoping to just wipe, make the raid volume, and then restore from the Time Machine backup. 

I guess even before that, my FW800 is not working in Lion. I reformatted while connected by USB, reset power management, and reset PRAM, but the firewire bus panics and takes out the Time Machine on FW400 as well. Is there a fix for this somewhere that I'm missing? I bought the FW800 drive for the above reason, only to run into a wall trying to make it work. I really don't want to do a RAID 0 with a USB connection. 

I'm not going to try setting up the RAID 0 until I get the FW800 drive working reliably, but I was hoping to kill two birds with one stone. 

iMac (24-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Apr 26, 2012

I have onstall disks but can't boot up from those. How do I create one?

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Dec 6, 2014

My laptop keeps running slowly and the little ball spins and i am getting a warning that says that I need to make space on my start up disc....

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MacBook Pro :: How To Make Space Available When Startup Disk Almost Full

Jun 20, 2012

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Feb 22, 2010

I ran installer then went to disk utility and pushed disk repair. it ran and indicated in green that no repairs were necessary. i then went to startup disk and only the Diks and network startup showed up but no hard drive. i also open computer to make sure was not wet muddy due to leak in cooling system but all was dry

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MacBook Pro :: External Hard Drive - Disk Utility Can't Repair Disk

Jun 27, 2014

I have a Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus Drive which was working perfectly fine until I plugged it into a USB hub. It detected it while in the hub and I was able to get files off of it, but when I ejected it from the hub and put it back into the USB slot on the computer it was not detected by finder. It shows up in the disk utility and I clicked verify and repair and it says:

Verify and Repair volume “Seagate Backup Plus Drive”
Checking file system
Volume repair complete.
Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required.

Disk Utility can’t repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files. 

Is there any way to get this to work properly again? Or if not is there a way for me to recover my files on the external hard drive? 

I have a Macbook PRO late 2011 running OS X Mavericks.

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MacBook Pro :: Startup Disk Is Almost Full - Clean Startup Disk For More Space?

May 28, 2012

How do I clean my start up disk for more space? I have I cloud but don't really use it.

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MacBook Pro :: Startup Disk Is Full But Hard Drive Is Not?

Jun 29, 2012

I am getting error message saying startup disk is full. Can not save a scan. Looks like my hard drive is not even close to 30% full.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook :: Won't Make Backup On External Drive

Jul 16, 2009

OK so i called tech support and talked to them about my cracked macbookthey helped me out but in the process they asked me for my Password on my macbook. then he told me to make a backup.

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Aug 26, 2014

How do I clear space on my startup disk and hard drive?

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MacBook Pro :: Make A Bootable External Drive After The 10.7.4 Update?

May 15, 2012

i have made a bootable lion hard drive before and it worked fine. But after the 10.7.4 update i am unable to make another one. When i follow the usual steps

1- download lion from app store

2- show package contents

3- contents- shared contens- drag and drop them dmg file into disk utility (something along those lines).

4-restore drive (external hard drive) and drag the lion file to the 'source' area and the external hard drive to the 'destination' area.

5- When i hit restore it does everything but at the end it says something like "failed, invalid argument'?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook :: How To Make A SimpleTech External USB Drive Writable

Jun 8, 2012

I recently picked up a 500GB SimpleTech External Drive at a yard sale, assuming it would be empty and ready to go on my Macbook. Yet, the drive is full and says I can only read the drive. Is there a way I can make the drive writable so that I can delete all of the files and start anew?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: How To Make A Backup Of An External Disk

Feb 28, 2012

I had some bad experiences in the past with my first MacBook Air (version 2.1) in which external drives kept getting erased without any good reason. I think it's due to the fact that I had to connect a USB cord to another computer when I had an external drive plugged into the MBA because the MBA could not power it on its own.  
I thought it was due to a bad external drive and I took it to Samsung service center and complained that their drive was malfunctioning. I got a refund. But later on, I found that the same thing happened to another external drive and to a USB flash drive, so I realized that it had nothing to do with the external disks and something to do with the computer. I used the same drives that got erased on a newer MacBook Air (version 3.2) and I never had the sudden erasure problem.  

Anyhow that's the background to why I want to make a clone of the external disks in my possession. If for some reason, the external disk gets suddenly erased, I would like a copy somewhere in safekeeping so that I do not lose all my movies.  

How do I make a clone of an external disk?  

I will be using a MacBook Air (3.2) for this task. It has two USB ports. Can I use Carbon Copy Cloner to do this? Just choose a source disk (external disk I want to clone) and a destination disk (the external disk where I want it to be cloned to)?

MBA v 3.2, 256GB SSD, 2.13GHz, 4GB, Other OS, 10.6.8

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Jun 25, 2014

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May 6, 2012

So around 5 years ago i got the WD-160JB hard disk drive. I want to see all the things i did back then. I want to be able to connect this WD-160JB drive as a external hard drive to my mac. 

What i am wondering is if you can somehow have a cable or something which links the USB from the MBP to the hard disk. 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Sep 2, 2014

So I have 2 USB Ports on my Mac. I use both of them and I am looking to get a Mic for recording youtube stuff. I use one for my wireless mouse, and I use the other for an external hard drive because the amout of space on my Mac is no-where near enough for what I am going to use up. 

I am just wondering if there is a way I can either:

1. Get more USB ports (if its possible)

2. Hook up my mouse to a Thunderbolt port (again if that is possible)

or 3. Hook up my External Hard-Drive to the thunderbolt port. 

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), I have 2 USB (3.0), 2 Thunderbolt

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Disk Utility Can't Repair Disk (1 Partition) On External Hard Drive

Apr 24, 2012

I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Studio FW800 external that has 5 partitions, connected to my 2011 iMac. I had help doing the partitions and don't really remember the reasoning, but one is just for my SuperDuper! backup, one is Miscellaneous, one for movie clips off my camcorder, one for misc scanned photo's and one for my genealogy research. I back up using Time Machine to a Time Capsule and also to this WD hard drive with SuperDuper! 

Recently I'm getting a pop up message that "Mac OS X can't repair the disk "Genealogy"'.  And it needs to be reformatted.  It's become a read only disk.  When I look in Disk Utility it shows all the partitions as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" EXCEPT for the one in question.  I also noticed that there are a lot of files with "date created" being the same date in 1969!  These files may be letters I've written or photo's I added to that partition within the last few years. 

I think I have to completely reformat the entire external hard drive to repair this, but I want to make sure.  Because it's going to be a major hassle backing it all up to another external (having to get one first) and then figuring out how to make the files that have turned "read only" in that one partition, back to their original state!  Does this sound right, that I have to reformat the entire external hard drive?  And how do I get the read-only files back to their original state.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook :: Get An External Disk Drive For 5,1

Apr 12, 2012

My disk drive on my MacBook 5,1 (model #A1278) is bust. It will not accept a dvd/cd at all, it won't let it in...not an inch!  seems like it's stuck in eject? as if there is a disk inside but as far as i know there is not.  Nothing i have tried makes any difference.  So i am wondering if i can buy an external disk drive, but this info is not obvious to me on the Apple Store website!

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Jun 2, 2014

I deleted my startup and recovery drives.  I still have every thing on external hard drive but cannot get my drives back on internal drive.  Is there anyway to get those drives back and get all my info from my external drive back on my computer?

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Feb 17, 2012

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May 5, 2012

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Jul 10, 2008

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Jan 3, 2011

I have some information stored on floppy disks which I made when I had a Mac duo back in 1997. I need to transfer the information in them onto my macbook pro. Where can I find an external drive that links up to my macbook pro?

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OS X :: FW800 WD Studio Turbo Drive Not Working As Startup Disk

Mar 23, 2009

I have just purchased a WD Studio Turbo extarnal/portable 320GB drive to use as a back-up and spare start-up disk. (I normally run Disk Warrior from an external.)

I have backed up my Macintosh HD to this WD drive using Super Duper and Super Duper indicates that everything has been copied ok.

However, when I plug in the FW800 cable to my MacBook Pro (old version) and restart holding down the Option key it doesn't show up as an alternative start-up disk.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Partition Mac Hard Drive If Startup Disk Is Full

May 16, 2012

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OS X :: Make An External Drive From An IPod?

Jun 23, 2009

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MacBook :: Cannot Detect External Hard Disk Drive In Finder

Jun 12, 2012

I installed NTFS for Mac to read/write external hard disks that I shared between my Macs and PCs.  It's doing find until recently after I upgrade my MacBook to Mac OS Lion. 

It can still can detect certain external Hard Disk, but still cannot detect some external Hard Disk and Flash Drive even though it is supposed to be dual formatted.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Restore From Disk Image On External Hard Drive

Aug 28, 2014

I have a early 2011 macbook pro and the internal hard drive failed. I installed OS X mavericks on an external hard drive (1) and I boot from the external drive (1). On a different external hard drive (2), I have a disk image of my macintosh HD (the computer's original hard drive with all my data on it) How do I go about restoring from the disk image on the external drive(2) to external hard drive (1)?  

I want to be able to boot from the external hard drive (1) and have all my data that I backed up as a disk image on external hard drive (2)

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), early 2011 macbook

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