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macWish 06-23-2004 07:02 AM

Safety Clone fails to start up after shut down
The Safety Clone I created with SuperDuper works fine in all respects except:

I shut down my computer every night. When I startup the next morning, occasionally my Mac boots from the hard drive rather than from the Safety Clone which is located on a partition on my external LaCie D2 400 Firewire drive. This does not happen every time I startup after a shut down. Once the startup from hard drive is completed, I have to restart in order to start from the Safety Clone. It always boots from Safety Clone rather than hard drive on restarts. I have the Safety Clone selected as startup disk on the Startup Disk Preference Pane.

macWish 06-23-2004 08:02 AM

Should have included the following:

G4 iMac (100 GHz), OS X 10.3.4, 512 MB RAM.

dnanian 06-23-2004 08:03 AM

An interesting problem, macWish. I'm guessing that your d2 doesn't spin up quite fast enough for your boot sequence sometimes. If the drive doesn't get recognized reasonably quickly, the volume won't be seen during the boot sequence, and thus won't be booted from. The Mac will then revert to the next-most-likely boot target, in this case the internal drive.

To resolve this, you might be able to do two things:

Turn on the drive (or power-cycle it) and wait a bit longer before starting your Mac.
Hold down Option during the boot sequence, wait for the external drive to appear, and then explicitly select it

That's all I can think of, at the moment -- sound reasonable?

macWish 06-23-2004 12:29 PM

Sounds very reasonable since the Safety Clone boots fine with Restarts, at which time Firewire Drive is up and running.

I will use the option key method.


dnanian 06-23-2004 05:29 PM

You're welcome -- let me know if you have any other problems or questions!

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