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gianfri 03-23-2008 12:31 PM

Cannot boot from external firewire drive
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.


dnanian 03-23-2008 12:38 PM

Are you using "Backup - all files" with Smart Update?

gianfri 03-23-2008 05:08 PM

Yes, I am.

dnanian 03-23-2008 11:35 PM

Try the solution stuck at the top of the forum, Gianfranco; let's see if that helps.

gianfri 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....

dnanian 03-24-2008 10:15 AM

Can you boot in "Safe Boot" (shift down from power on all the way to the desktop)?

gianfri 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....

dnanian 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.

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