OS X :: Booting From Firewire Disk On Two Machines

May 19, 2010

I am trying to keep my work files with me for of site access � our IT folks will not let me access my desktop remotely. I don't want to use a laptop carry to and fro either. Instead, I am thinking about booting from a firewire 800 disk (7200rpm), and functioning from exclusively. I can take the drive with me, whenever I need to have all data with me at a home machine � more importantly I am hoping I can boot from the same disk on my home iMac and do what I need to do. I just tested it out for to see if the performance is acceptable � I can barely tell the difference! (perhaps a bit longer to boot - but that's about it). My work computer is 27" iMac Core i7 2.8GHz with 8GB ram and my home unit is 24" iMac Core2Duo 2.8GHz with 2GB ram. Will booting OS X on two different machines and changing files get me into troubles down the line? I know that some applications won't like it as they look at the MAC id for license authentication. Any other issues that I should be aware of?

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May 10, 2008

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So, her computer ended up not booting, and just sitting on the start-up screen.

I decided I would try a full reinstall, with formatting and everything. I backed up her files, and could not get them to delete from her harddrive using my computer (when linked via firewire). So, I booted from the disc, erased her drive, and formated in Extended Journaled.

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I searched the forum, and there are topics concerning this message when accessing disk utility normally, but nothing about this message appearing while running from the OS disc, on a fresh harddrive.

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May 23, 2009

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Now, when I try to run utility to repair permissions, I get an error stating "disk utility has lost its connection with the disk management tool and cannot continue. Please quit and relaunch disk utility"happens over and over.

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Mar 16, 2008

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Feb 18, 2012

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May 5, 2012

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So this is what I have tried so far: 

1) Tested with all known passwords I have used in the past.

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3) Tried to boot from just C and later Command C

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6) Tried different Firewire cables

7) Tried different Firewire connections. 

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Jun 16, 2012

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The firewire drive does not appear as a bootable option on any of the computers, attached to either of the iMacs via the Firewire 400 port (through a 400 to 800 adaptor), or attached via the Firewire 800 port on the MBP. This is the profile of the LaCie via System Profiler on the iMac?

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