View Full Version : Copied 10.4.11 to External Firewire HD; I get the flashing question mark folder

07-23-2008, 07:08 PM
Hello there.

I have had experience using Superduper and I have a working clone of tiger on one of my imac g5s and it was done using a Maxtor FW HD, and the clone works flawlessly, thank you!

This time I am using a Western Digital firewire drive with the same IMAC and I am having a problem booting to this new clone. I don't think the problem is that it is western digital. I think the problem may be that I have Classic environment installed on the OSX that i am trying to clone.

The reason why I think this may be the problem is because when I rty to boot into this new clone, I am getting the "flashing question mark folder" whcih is from the OS9 OS. But , I am not trying to boot into OS. (My computer doesn't boot into os9 anyway, IT CANT. It is a G5, they can't boot into OS9 they can only use the OS9 environment)

So waht is going on here? The process when cloning to the new HD had no errors. BUt when I go to system preferences to change the start up disk and choose the clone which is suppposed to be 10.4.11 the computer restarts and then I get the "flashing question mark folder" as if it is trying to boot into OS9, but it supposed to boot into 10.4.11.

Any help please.

07-23-2008, 07:10 PM
Actually, I don't think so: WD's MyBook drives cannot be used to start up Power PC based Macs.

07-23-2008, 08:19 PM
Ouch....I stand corrected. :D

If that is the case then I will return it and buy another Maxtor. Do you have any recommendations as far as maxtor or any other brand goes?

07-23-2008, 08:24 PM
I recommend a number in our User's Guide. In general, I like (in no particular order -- all FireWire -- and I'm probably forgetting something):

LaCie (especially the 2big in 'mirrored' mode)

07-23-2008, 08:34 PM
Thanks for your reply dnanian.

I took a peak over at WD support page.
My Home edition of WD should be bootable. The reason why I say that is that my HD is not on their list of drives that are not bootable.

Here is the link to drives that they say are NOT bootable via firewire:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1715&p_created=1199999177&p_sid=5_hn_v9j&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX 3Jvd19jbnQ9MTYsMTYmcF9wcm9kcz0yMjgsMjA5LDIyMiZwX2N hdHM9MCZwX3B2PTMuMjIyJnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9Y W5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3R leHQ9Ym9vdA**&p_li=&p_topview=1

And here are the drives that they say ARE bootable via firewire.

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1787&p_created=1203707437&p_sid=5_hn_v9j&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=1715&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX 3Jvd19jbnQ9MjkzLDI5MyZwX3Byb2RzPTIyOCZwX2NhdHM9MCZ wX3B2PTEuMjI4JnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vyc y5zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9Zml yZXdpcmUgcHBjIGJvb3Q*&p_li=&p_topview=1

What do you think?

07-23-2008, 08:37 PM
I think it's not bootable. :)

(Seriously, if it's properly partitioned as "Apple Partition Map" and you've done a "Backup - all files" with Smart Update or Erase, then copy and it doesn't boot, then the drive is not bootable.)

07-23-2008, 08:47 PM
Awesome thanks for the double assurance.
Great App!:)