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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:36 am    Post subject: miniStack as boot drive Reply with quote

Apologies for reposting this, but I'm hoping to get an answer. The original was posted at the end of another thread. Thanks in advance for any help that can be given.

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I'm thinking of getting a miniStack for a boot drive, but I'm wondering about this comment in the miniStack review at macintouch.com (http://www.macintouch.com/ministack.html):

"We were able to use the miniStack as the startup drive as well as a second drive and, in fact, used it as the startup through most of our test period. The only drawback to this setup is that when using the auto power on function, the miniStack drive doesn't spin up quickly enough after a shutdown, causing the Mini to boot from its internal drive instead. This delay is not a problem if the miniStack is used as a secondary drive, of course, nor is it a problem if you sleep the Mini at night rather than shutting it down."

Can anyone explain exactly what happens when you shut down/restart while using the miniStack as a boot drive? I'm a bit confused by the comment in the review. I usually just sleep the Mini, but want to make sure I can easily both shut down and restart.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you boot from sleep or restart then the external FW drive will work just fine. However, after a cold-start the internal bus is inspected first and the internal drive is available before FW devices so it is selected. I asked NewerTech support about this scenario and they said that if you remove the bootable OS from the internal drive then it will boot off of the FW regardless. So, it seems your choice is to either remove the bootable OS from the internal drive or just put your mini to sleep. I generally just put my mini to sleep. I think the last time I shut it down was when I went on vacation.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

greg wrote:
it seems your choice is to either remove the bootable OS from the internal drive or just put your mini to sleep


Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like worst-case scenario, if booting from a cold start and you still had the OS on the internal drive, you would have to start off the internal drive and restart after reselecting your external drive as the start up drive.

If that's the case, I can live with that, since I rarely shut down anyway. Thanks for your help!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
greg wrote:
it seems your choice is to either remove the bootable OS from the internal drive or just put your mini to sleep


Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like worst-case scenario, if booting from a cold start and you still had the OS on the internal drive, you would have to start off the internal drive and restart after reselecting your external drive as the start up drive.

If that's the case, I can live with that, since I rarely shut down anyway. Thanks for your help!

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Jamie

Or don't use the auto power on function and turn the ministack on before trurning on the mini itself.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

homerjatmoes wrote:

Or don't use the auto power on function and turn the ministack on before trurning on the mini itself.


The heck with it all. I just followed your advice and got the AMS enclosure you recommended, along with a Hitachi 250MB hard drive. I decided that I can put it on the bottom shelf of my desk so I don't have to look at it Laughing

Seriously, upon further reading I got worried about the cooling aspect of the boot drive, and this seemed like the best solution. And saving $50 helped as well.

Thanks again for everyone's advice on this subject.
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