OS X :: Unable To Access Boot Menu With USB HDD

Jun 29, 2010

how to create a bootable backup of my Macintosh HD on a LaCie 500GB USB external HDD which is 2-3 years old. I formatted the drive with a GUID partition table scheme, with the volume formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), which I believe is the correct setup.

However, when I try to boot from the external HDD by holding down Option key during startup, I do not get the boot menu, instead the computer freezes at a blank grey screen and doesn't boot anything. If I remove the USB drive and do the same, the boot menu appears with Macintosh HD as the only choice (as would be expected).


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I changed the permissions in the first place because I formatted my primary SSD drive and was having trouble gaining access to some folders on the secondary drive. I got tired of setting "read and write" for each and individual folder, and so I clicked on the small drop-down menu with the gear that allowed me to set it for all the folder within that drive. I set "read and write", and after about an hour it finished processing that command. However, after it finished, the permissions read "custom" instead and I was denied access to everything on the drive.

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I want to reformat my hdd and split it on few partitions but i get following problems

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- Doesn't want to boot, I tried to boot it from external hdd, usb, cd, dvd, nothing works, I just see Grey apple and that's it,nothing happends

I left it even like that for whole night and nothing happened..I did scan disk, check blocks etc. no errors :/ it give me some filesystem error (which i googled and it sayd you need to boot from different partition so it will work) c, cmd r, doesnt work..starting with opt key gives me list of devices but it freezes after  My macbook pro is from mid 2010, 8 gb of ram (i did change it by myself, but works perfectly)The os snow leopard works perfectly, but I need to split the partition..Tried to reinstall os but it stops after restart (in middle of instalation) , it gives me grey apple and thats it.I don't have original dvd, lost it some time ago, can't get new one since I moved to middle of nowhere(no apple shops or anything)single user mode commands would be most helpful, id just format the hdd and split/reinstall the os from zero..Is there any chance to reformat/partition hdd from single user mode? or any software that I can boot from ?

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I have a new MacMini without the optiocal drive. This is a computer that someone tried to put Linux on and left it was a 100gb partition for the MacOS and the rest for the Linux installation. I want to get it back to one large partition. 

I know that I need to get the computer to boot from something else because the Recovery partition is on the HDD. To that end I have tried to boot this from an external USB DVD-RW drive and when it starts to boot from the disk it reads the DVD and then goes to the 'circle/slash' screen. I then made a USB drive bootable and restored the dmg file for my Lion disk to it and tried to boot from that. It shows in the options and then immediately goes to the 'circle/slash' screen. I tried to flash the PRAM and got the same result. I tested both items on another MacMini and they work. The test computer was a previous model with the optical drive. 

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Upon boot I get the normal install stuff like I do with the DVD, but then no hard disk shows up. I thought it was because of the eXfat which is why I tried again. I looked into the system profiler and I can see my seagate hard disk, but under disk utility it doesn't exist. My Sata DVD drive shows up though. If I boot off of the DVD I can see and install to my hard disk.

I'm trying to make a USB Disk because I'm planning on getting a SSD and I will be removing the Dvd drive.

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How can I leave the 2TB drive connected and power up the iMac ? 

The 2TB drive was purchased to be a Time Machine backup drive. 

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i) My iMac, which I bought last year has run out of HDD space. What can I do to extend it? I really can't work out what I have filled it up with as I have only

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Other than the standard applications I have a DOS emulator, Office and Spore.

But apparently I have used 200gb?!?!? I can't find where this disk space is being used up. Any ideas on what I can check to clear this out? I put a partition in to possibly install windows, how do I check that's been removed correctly?

Also if I plug in a USB drive to extend the memory how can I get the mac running as if this was actually the normal drive for this computer?

And question ii)

I have a PS3 which I want to back up my info on, but its on a FAT32 format. Can I format a USB HDD in FAT32 using my Mac?

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Aug 6, 2010

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Jun 29, 2009

I remember seeing keyboard shortcuts such as Cmd-F2 that would allow access of the Application Menu. However, this does not work for me.

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How do I access the Application menu from the keyboard?

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Sep 23, 2010

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Jun 14, 2012

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May 4, 2009

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Sep 2, 2009

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Nov 11, 2010

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Apr 29, 2012

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Feb 27, 2009

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Nov 18, 2009

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Jan 23, 2010

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Mar 17, 2009

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Sep 2, 2009

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