View Full Version : SD 2.1.4 - LaCie firewire drive doesn't boot

03-04-2007, 04:18 PM
I am a new mac user. It is a G4 laptop running OSX 10.1.4.

I used an unregistered copy of SD to copy all files from
MacHD -> LaCie FW 250 GB drive (design by porsche)

The drive was brand new. I formatted it and the resulting
log was "HFS Plus volume with a 24576K journal".

The initial copy completed without error and then "Make
LaCie drive bootable" was checked.

If I then reboot while holding down the "T" key, the LaCie
logo floats on the screen, but it never boots from the drive.

I thought I waited long enough, but is there anything I can
check on the drive? I don't want to change System Preferences
because then if there is a problem booting from the LaCie,
I may have a bigger problem.

Thank you in advance for any pointers.


03-04-2007, 06:35 PM
"T" doesn't boot from the drive, Anne. It just starts in FireWire target disk mode. (The logo you see is the FireWire logo.)

Assuming the drive is properly partitioned (check in Disk Utility -- when you select the drive it should say "GUID" under Partition Scheme for an Intel Mac, or "Apple Partition Map" for a Power PC Mac), you can hold down Option when starting and choose the drive. You can also pick it in the Startup Disk preference pane.

Hope that helps!

03-05-2007, 12:43 AM
Thank you!

Under Disk Utility, if I select LaCie
Apple Partition Map (was Master Boot Record)
uncheck Mac OS 9 Disk Drivers
(repartitions, erasing any data)

Then I redid the SD Backup. When it's finished, I can reboot,
holding down the Option key, select the LaCie drive, and
boot from the external drive.

Great! Thanks so much!


03-05-2007, 12:43 AM
There you go! Glad you're set, Anne.