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Old 05-06-2006, 07:57 PM
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Wierd yellow firewire sign when testing target mode

I created two partitions on my Lacie Porshe 160GB drive. One called "Image" for the entire bootable image and one called "Backups" where I plan on storing future user file backups. I created a full backup image of my 15" Powerbook hard drive onto the Image partition.

When SuperDuper! was done I mounted the Image partition and saw that all my files were there along with all the OS X system ones. The last step of the image process was to make the image bootable.

I reboot the Powerbook and hold down T to test the image and try to boot off of it. But all I see is this yellow firewire logo bouncing around and nothing else happens. Does this mean that my image is not bootable?

First time using SuperDuper! and firewire target mode.
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:49 AM
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We've made the image bootable, chemokid, but only in the sense that it's set up as a bootable volume should be.

But -- you can't boot from a virtual drive, which is what an image is. You can only boot from a real, physical drive -- an internal or supported FireWire drive for PowerPC Macs, or a FireWire or USB drive for Intel Macs.

Your image can be booted from once it's restored to a real device. See the User's Guide for a lot more on this topic.
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Old 05-07-2006, 06:26 PM
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Hey chemokid:

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\I reboot the Powerbook and hold down T to test the image and try to boot off of it. But all I see is this yellow firewire logo bouncing around and nothing else happens. Does this mean that my image is not bootable?
I think you meant to hold the Option key on boot, not the T key. T-for-Target disk mode turns your Powerbook into a Firewire drive (so you could connect it to another Mac) and does not allow you to choose a startup disk. Option-for-boot-options gives you a menu of your connected bootable volumes and would let you select the duped drive. Or, you could use the Startup Disk preference pane to select the other drive instead -- this gives you a quick preview of what Mac OS X thinks your bootable volumes are.

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Good catch, Mike -- if, chemokid, you didn't make an "image" (meaning a sparse image)... did you?
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:21 AM
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Hey chemokid:

I think you meant to hold the Option key on boot, not the T key. T-for-Target disk mode turns your Powerbook into a Firewire drive (so you could connect it to another Mac) and does not allow you to choose a startup disk. Option-for-boot-options gives you a menu of your connected bootable volumes and would let you select the duped drive. Or, you could use the Startup Disk preference pane to select the other drive instead -- this gives you a quick preview of what Mac OS X thinks your bootable volumes are.

Thanks Mike. I forgot to mention that I can manually boot using the image on the firewire drive if I select it as the start up disk using the Startup Disk preferences. But if I hold down the Option key during bootup it only shows the default internal drive and does not show anything related to the firewire drive. I'll keep playing around though.
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