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How do I make a external HD boot?

 
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ninjamini
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:33 pm    Post subject: How do I make a external HD boot? Reply with quote

I have been moving my files over from the PC to the Mini. Man what a chore. Not the doing part but the figuring out part. Let me first say how great all of you are to teach us newbies. Now for the question:

I got my $500 mini, 1GB of memory and a Maxtor 300 GB Ountouch. The mac store told me I voided the warrantee since I did the memory myself. But thats a story for another day.

Now that I have filled up 30 of the 37GB avaliable I would like to copy the whole drive to the Maxtor external and boot off of there. Here's why:

Very Happy 300GB gives me alot of room to grow. Not really as much as I'd like ounce the DV cammera comes out.

Very Happy Its a 7200rpm drive w/ a 16mb cache. Its just faster than the minis drive.

Very Happy I can take it to NY with me and plug it into my bros mac and have my computer.


Any reasons not to do this?
How do I do it?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The mac store told me I voided the warrantee since I did the memory myself.


Who to you that? I'm 99.9% sure it doesn't void your warranty.

http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html
Download Carbon Copy Cloner and copy your HD.

Go to System Preferences > System >StartupDisk and pick your FireWire drive.

Enjoy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen posts on apple's discussion board that got locked because of this fact, as in someone was asking how to take it apart. I suppose if u don't totally mess up the mini when upgrading and replace the parts with the installed if u ever have to send it back, it hopefully will still be under warrenty. I guess they made it need a putty knife cause they figured no one would upgrade it that way, who knows, maybe their profit on these things come from the outrageous memory and install costs.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That says it for 10.2-1.03. Does it work for 10.4?

How do you boot to it ounce its copied? Does that change if you use a PC keyboard?

Is there something to make the mac look to the external disk without having to hold down a key?

Or should I just run the os of the mini drive and store data on the maxtor?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ninjamini wrote:
That says it for 10.2-1.03. Does it work for 10.4?

How do you boot to it ounce its copied? Does that change if you use a PC keyboard?

Is there something to make the mac look to the external disk without having to hold down a key?

Or should I just run the os of the mini drive and store data on the maxtor?



There is no Tiger version of CCC. You should be ok if you run in root, but there's a work around if you run into some problems because of some authentication issue.

http://forums.bombich.com/viewtopic.php?t=5264
http://forums.bombich.com/viewtopic.php?t=5270


From MacOSxhints:
In the Finder, open the window of the folder where you keep CCC.
Launch Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities).
Type bash --noprofile and press Return.
Type sudo open, and then press the Space Bar.
Drag CCC into the Terminal window from the Finder -- that will complete the line with the full path.
Hit Return and, at the prompt, enter your admin password -- your typing will not show. Hit Return after typing your password."
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use SuperDuper to clone your mini to your external drive. The free unregistered version will do the job easily. If you like it. Pay the $19 registration fee and you can do scheduled "smart" updates back to your mini.



http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

The author of this program, Dave Nanian offers amazing support even for unregistered users. Ask him anything about SuperDuper and you'll get a response in a flash.
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GadZooks
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About six posts down at MacNN shows how to easily clone a drive using Apple's DiskUtility.

Is there a reason to buy a separate product for this?

Cheers,
GZ
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did they just add the free version of SuperDuper?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given Apple's glacial ship times, I'm afraid I don't have a Mac with which to answer that. I suspect not, though.

Cheers,
GZ
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