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ryanhargrave 10-30-2009 11:27 AM

booting from a firewire drive
I've been using SD for a few months now using the "backup - all files" method.

I've got a new internal HD to put in my MacBook Pro and being new to macs I'm a little confused.

When I put the new blank Hard Drive in the mac, how do I boot to the Firewire Drive?

Once booted and running off the drive do I simply run SD and do a "backup - all files" and target the new internal drive?

Thanks for the help. I know these may be easy answers but I'm a bit confused :)

chris_johnsen 10-30-2009 02:27 PM

To boot from an alternate device, hold down Option while booting the computer. You will get a boot menu. Pick your FireWire drive from that menu.

To restore, just use SuperDuper! to “Backup - all files” from the external to the new internal (if it is not already GPT, partition it as as GUID first; see the partitioning FAQ).

ryanhargrave 10-30-2009 03:00 PM

Chris. Thank you so much. When holding the option key.. this works een with a blank internal HD (Outside the OS)? Pretty cool.

chris_johnsen 10-30-2009 05:51 PM

Yes, the Option-boot menu will probe for all bootable volumes (internal, FireWire, USB) and present them. Even if you have a non-bootable internal disk, any external disks you have attached will show up in the list.

ryanhargrave 11-02-2009 10:57 AM

worked great! Thanks for all the help. Upgraded to a new Hard drive with less headache than I've ever had!

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