Software :: Installing Leopard On IMac G4 With Dodgy Cd Drive - Create A Boot Firewire Disk?

Sep 6, 2008

I have a 1Ghz PowerPC G4 iMac and want to delete everything and start again with Leopard. (it seems to be within the system reqs.) Problem is the DVD drive isn't functioning properly. It sees the OSX DVD but won't boot from it. Question - What's the best alternative method? Create a boot firewire disk?

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IMac :: Installing Snow Leopard To A Firewire Drive?

Mar 9, 2010

Can i install snow leopard straight to a firewire drive?

If so what is the best way to do this? i don't want to just clone the internal drive to the firewire drive, i want a clean install to play with.

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Apr 14, 2012

Does anyone know if it is possible to create a disk image of the boot drive? I have tried / boot from DVD, then go to Disk Utility, file/ create new image from disk but the process stops imediatlly with a. cant unmount drive, b. drive is busy, c. in use how the drive is in use is not sensable, as it should  be as 'just a drive' This is on a laptop with OSX 10.5.8 / 32gig hd, 2 gig ram, just in case it matters. I thought about timemachine, but the laptop sometimes requires a complete reinstall, that is a long process, install + upgrade + redo all the other programs +  

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Can't Boot By Firewire Target Disk Mode Etc

May 5, 2012

I have a bit of a problem: I cant access my Mac because I lost the password. I recently changed my passwords on several macs, including an old PPC PowerMac G5 from ca 2005. I run 10.5.8 on this and it works flawlessly. I need to use this machine for important work.   

So this is what I have tried so far: 

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

2) Tried to boot from a 10.6 install DVD

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

4) Tried a different install DVD 10.4  (I dont have the original 10.5 DVD)

5) Tried to use T and Target Disk Mode from an iMac with Lion. (disconnected all other FW disks etc.)

6) Tried different Firewire cables

7) Tried different Firewire connections. 

It starts obediently and show every sign of Mac-Happiness. But I simply can't get the darn thing to boot. I think it normally should have booted using 10.6?  

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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?

FireWire Bus:  
Maximum Speed:          Up to 400 Mb/sec  
Rugged FW USB3:  
Manufacturer:          LaCie


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Dec 16, 2009

im trying to install Mac OS X 10.5 on to an external drive. I want to run Leopard off of an External Hard Drive which will connect via Firewire of USB 2.0. I have booted up using the install DVD that i bought a couple years ago to upgrade from Tiger. However each time i install i get an error saying that it cannot be installed. It allows me to start the install and is almost complete before i get this error. I have it partitioned using the Apple Partition Map so i can boot up on a PowerPC computer.

What should i do to install 10.5 on an external drive?

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MacBook :: Installing Snow Leopard From DVD - Cannot Boot From Disk

May 24, 2012

My hard drive recently crashed. I just bought a new one and installed it myself. Now it's simply a matter of reinstalling the operating system, which is where I'm having trouble. I insert the Snow Leopard Install DVD into the drive. I power on the computer and hold 'C' (I've tried Option too) to boot from the disc, but it doesn't work. It spits out the disc after a few seconds, whether I hold 'C' or not, and then it gives me a folder icon with a question mark in it in the center of the screen, the same thing it showed when my hard drive first crashed.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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IMac :: Booting From Firewire External Hard Disk - Windows Drive

May 15, 2009

So here is my bright idea. I still may want to have Windows on my iMac for work projects *sigh* I think I came up with a solution, I rather not partition my iMac (when I buy it) 1TB drive for Windows. Don't want Windows on my main disk - I need the storage for Mac things, personal stuff etc. Is it possible to boot from a Firewire connected external HDD to run Windows?

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Windows On Mac :: Boot From Firewire Disk

Oct 31, 2009

I have a cramped windows partition on my hard drive which is now full, I'd love to reclaim the space by moving it to my Firewire hard drive which has much more available to dedicate to Windows. I used the "Restore" feature of Disk Utility creating an identical copy but when I restarted my computer to boot from it there was no choice of a firewire drive. I checked in the Startup Disk pref pane it wasn't to be seen, and that didn't even show the current Windows partition that was an option when I restarted. When I get info on the volumes in disk utility it says EXACTLY the same thing about each. So needless to say, I'm slightly annoyed but somehow I think I'm trying to get it to work in a way that it can't.

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OS X :: Bootable Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard Emergency USB Flash Drive Boot Disk

Sep 10, 2010

I want to create a minimal recovery boot disk for SL. I've followed how-to's on creating one for 10.4 and 10.5, but so far it I couldn't get it to work with 10.6. If you have successfully done this, or can point me to a pre-made image or how-to.

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MacBook Pro :: FireWire Target Disk - Computer Won't Boot - Data Specialist?

Dec 13, 2010

I have a friend who's oldish-Unibody MacBook Pro started giving him the folder with question mark-flashing symbol on boot-up. I guess it could be PRAM, but in any case, he wants to get his data off the hard drive. The computer wouldn't boot up from the install disk (holding 'c' on boot), all I have managed is to put it into Target Disk Mode, with my own MPB. The funny thing is, that it works, but all that mounts on my computer is the Install Disc (in his disk drive) and his hard drive shows up in my disk utility (see below), but it will not mount, and if I try to repair it, it gives me an error and DUPLICATES the original 'root' drive. Does this mean the hard drive itself is damaged and we need to go to a 'data specialist' to get everything off or is there anything else I could try?

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Apr 18, 2012

I purchased my macbook Pro just before Lion was released. How do I create a Boot Recovery Disk?

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May 29, 2012

I have just got an old 2004 G5 and thrown a brand new hard drive in it. When i tried to install leopard (which I'm told would be the best operating system to use) it comes up with a blank blue screen!

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Mar 8, 2008

Can I boot to an .iso on a firewire drive? I've been having trouble with my disc drive lately, so this is how I'm trying to work around it

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Dec 12, 2009

Okay this i7 iMac is barely a few weeks old and I went today to setup bootcamp and during the partition creation, I get this error:

The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved.

Er...WHAT? I don't even know what to do about that one, but it sounds suspiciously like I have to completely redo my Mac which is not going to make for a good Saturday.

Any hints on what in the world would cause this? I haven't even barely used this machine to begin with.

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Boot From USB Drive Using A Lion IMac?

Jun 29, 2012

I'm looking to wave good bye to my MacBook Pro running Leopard and upgrade. 

However, I need to keep a version of Leopard so I can run certain Audio Units that won't run on Snow Leopard or Lion. 

I have made a bootable drive with Leopard on it, but I can't get it to boot on my iMac running Lion.  It boots fine using the MacBook though. 

Is what I'm looking to do possible any more, or do I need to configure the drive for use with a Lion machine somehow? 

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OS X :: Tried Installing XP With Boot Camp And Got Disk Error?

Jan 9, 2010

I'm a new MAC user and would need to install XP on my MAC. I'm sure there are thousands of threads out there about this but I couldn't find one. I've tried installing with Boot Camp and got Disk Error. Realised I had Service Pack One. The CPU then wouldn't boot properly as it looked for the WIN CD later so I have to hold down the Option key every time I boot up. I now have XP Pro with SP3 and have partitioned the space (20gb). Just don't want to mess it up so I'll wait for a reply here.

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Intel Mac :: Can't Boot From External FireWire Drive

Apr 30, 2012

Have late 2006 iMac 24'' and I can't boot from external FireWire drive. If I connect the same external drive via usb2 I can boot from it but it is slower than FireWire800 would be. The external drive is in i-tec 3.5 External Case. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iMac 24'' late 2006 intel DualCore2

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OS X :: Using A Single Firewire SSD To Boot Both An Imac And Mbp?

May 11, 2010

If I have a SSD enclosed in an firewire case can I use the same hard drive to boot both the MBP and the iMac?

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IMac :: Boot From Old Ipod Via Firewire On An Intel Or MBP?

Aug 30, 2010

can I boot from my HP iPod via firewire on a 2007 imac or an i7 MBP? in other words, do early iPods play nice w/ intel macs via firewire? the reason I ask is because I'm tempted by OWC's 40GB SSD sale and want to try SSD's without the risk that comes w/ surgery (save for the old iPod).

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OS X :: Firewire Target Disk - Snow Leopard Install

Aug 28, 2009

I have a Macbook Pro with an inoperative slot-loading Superdrive. I purchased Snow Leopard today, planning to use my Mac Pro w/working Superdrive in Firewire Target Disk Mode to install the OS on my Macbook Pro. I can mount the Snow Leopard install via TDM, but the installer informs me that I cannot install Snow Leopard from "this volume" (presumably because the Target Disk Mode connection isn't recognized as an optical drive?). I've also tried to use "Remote Install OS X," but because my MBP is not an Air, it doesn't have the necessary firmware to select a network boot on startup by holding Option. Am I out of luck until I get access to a firewire external DVD drive?

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Mac Pro :: Installing Applications Other Than OS Boot Drive / Moving Application Folder To New Drive

Apr 20, 2009

I have two WD 640gigs and the stock WD 500, and I am having trouble deciding on the the optimum configuration. I am open to suggestions. I use my computer for general use as well as for my video editing and graphic design hobbies if that info helps.

I am curious as to the benefits of of the following:

Drive 1 (640)
partition 1: 150gig for OS
partition 2: Bootcamp
remainder: Offline storage

Drive 2 (640)
partition 1: Applications
remainder: music/photos
(scratch disk here?)

Drive 3: (500)
Time machine

Would there be a noticeable benefit to having the applications being separate from the OS boot drive? What if anything else should be split across multiple HDs to increase speed? I've heard of moving the swap file from elsewhere on the forum but I am not sure as to what exactly that is nor the benefits of doing it.

My final question(s) is how exactly I could go by moving my application folder to another drive separate from the OS drive? Just drag and drop? What is this deal with making an alias?

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Power Mac G5 :: Firewire Drive Seen By Disk Utility Won't Mount, Verify Or Repair?

Apr 15, 2009

I have a WD Terabyte drive that I have used for over a year with no problems. A couple of days ago my roommate went to use it and disconnected the drive from my computer without ejecting it first. He used it with his PC and disconnected it without "safely removing" it from his computer and now it will not mount to my desktop of been seen by PC. Disk Utility sees the device but I get an error when I try to repair the disk or verify the disk. It gives me an "error on exit" message. I really need the 700GB of info on that drive. Don't know what to do next.

Powerbook G4
Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Booted From Firewire External Disk, Internet Slow

Jun 22, 2012

My iMac is currently being booted from external disk via Firewire 800. I have to do this until I receive new install disks from apple to resore my machine.

The computer is usable, however internet is very slow... I have other devides, windows machine, ipad, iphone and they all run okay.

It seems that because I have booted via the external disk..... internet is slow. Could this be as the OS is needed to refer to the external disk?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Oct 17, 2009

I have a tower Mac Pro with Snow Leopard running on it.Unfortunately one of the software that I use doesn't have yet a Snow Leopard update. So I am thinking maybe I can install older version of Leopard on one of the internal drives (i have 3 additional internal drives), so I can boot my computer from either Leopard or Snow Leopard, depending on needs (i don't want to get rid of Snow Leopard).

I never installed OS X system before, so I am a bit scared.The internal drive is ready, I have the old Leopard on disks, what are the next steps to take?

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IMac :: Firewire 800 Hard Drive Enclosure - Average Speed Drive

Jun 5, 2009

I've been looking at a number of different Firewire 800 enclosures to use with my new Mac Mini and I have seen lots of complaints with almost all the enclosures that I have investigated, including the Newertech MiniStack v3 which I thought should be a good one. A recent enclosure I came across that I haven't seen any bad reviews about is the Icy Dock (MB559UEB-1S). I'd like to know if others are using this and what they think about it. The next question has to do with the type of hard drive to put into the enclosure. Is it worth getting a high performance drive, or will the Firewire 800 interface be the bottleneck even with an average speed drive?

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OS X :: Unable;e To Boot From Internal Hard Drive / Use Disk Warrior To Repair Disk?

Apr 11, 2010

I am considering purchasing diskwarrior but want to make sure it can help my situation before I purchase it. My imac will not boot from the internal hard drive (Intel processor) When I use disk utility to try and repair the disk, I get error messages and it won't repair. I can see the HD but cannot repair it. When I connect using target mode with my mac book pro, the hard drive does not appear on my host (macbook pro) computer. I have reloaded OS X (Leopard) onto a firewire external drive and can boot my imac that way but I can not find my original internal Macintosh HD. Will disk warrior be able to help with this scenario. I would really like to access that internal Macintosh HD and retrieve my files.

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Jun 19, 2012

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Sep 4, 2014

I have an iMac from 2008. It got stuck in an infinite boot loop, so I took it to the local Apple Store. After they ran some diagnostics, it was determined that it was either a bad Logic Board, or Hard Drive. Because of the age of the computer, he said he was unable to work on it. Said it was "legacy" or "vintage"or something. So he gave me a little direction on how to open it up, and how to get to the hard drive (I'm fairly comfortable working on hardware replacements). Using a borrowed hard drive, I was able to boot to a Windows XP install (this was an old hard drive out of a Windows PC), which tells me that the original hard drive is shot. 

So I am going to purchase a new Hard Drive this weekend, but I am unsure how to install Mavericks. This is the only Mac I have access to, so I cannot use another Mac to create a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD. Mavericks doesn't come with a disc, so I cannot use that. Snow Leopard is the newest OS disc that I have, so I could use that, but was hoping to just do a clean Mavericks install instead. 

I have a Time Machine backup from less than 2 weeks ago. Is it possible to use that backup to install the OS on a new, clean, hard drive? 

Is there a way on a Windows computer, to make a boot USB drive that I can use on my iMac? Or am I better off using the Snow Leopard disc, and then use the App Store to update the OS?

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Apr 18, 2012

I'm installing a new HD in my MBP and realise that I don't have my original dvd's to hand. I've created a time machine back up of the machine, but I can't boot from that can I? 

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