View Full Version : Cannot boot from external firewire drive

03-23-2008, 12:31 PM
I have used SD! for a few months with my Aluminum iMac running Tiger with good results. I connected a LaCie firewire to it and was able to create a bootable image. After upgrading to Leopard I am no longer able to boot from the external drive. The drive starts the booting process and goes past the spinning wheel but then gets stuck on a blue screen and nothing happens. The desktop does not get loaded.

Both drives (capacity 500 GB each) are formatted as Mac Extended with GUID partition table.

Any help would be appreciated.


03-23-2008, 12:38 PM
Are you using "Backup - all files" with Smart Update?

03-23-2008, 05:08 PM
Yes, I am.

03-23-2008, 11:35 PM
Try the solution stuck at the top of the forum, Gianfranco; let's see if that helps.

03-24-2008, 09:29 AM
Tried, it didn't work. My problem seems to be different - I can't even complete the booting process. I get stuck on a blue screen after the spinning wheel. No dock, no desktop....

03-24-2008, 10:15 AM
Can you boot in "Safe Boot" (shift down from power on all the way to the desktop)?

03-24-2008, 08:42 PM
I tried safe boot from the external drive. Still no luck - it gets stuck on the same blue screen. No desktop, no dock, no finder....

03-24-2008, 08:45 PM
OK. Please boot back to your regular drive. Then, use Finder's "Go To Folder" command to open the /private/var/log folder on your BACKUP drive. That is, you'll use something like:


Once there, copy the "system.log" to your desktop, then zip that and send it to me at the support email address.