Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2012 10:29 PM (in response to babowa)
Thanks for your useful advice. I will find out the solution of pt 4.
I have a silly question as I have not tried it before - Can my iMac be booted up with external hard disk without any setting?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2012 10:40 PM (in response to Ray Li1)
I agree that Apple is moving away from Firewire; however, my iMac has a FW800 port; so does my 2012 MBP, my external DVD burner, and all three of my external drives, so...... Firewire will be used here for some time to come. (Apple is also pushing the cloud thing and not including DVD drives any longer - that does not mean that I will give up burning my movies to DVDs and am ignoring the cloud).
As for your iMac, you'd have to check; my older one had both FW 400 and FW 800 ports; my current iMac only has FW800. They do make adapters or FW800 > FW400 cables. My external hard drives are quads: FW400, FW800, USB, and eSata. I will continue to use them until they bite the dust - then I will maybe consider Thunderbolt (if the price has become reasonable).
Your Mac can be booted up with a properly formatted and with an appropriate version of Mac OS installed external disk (= bootable clone). Not sure what you mean with "without any setting">
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2012 11:01 PM (in response to Ray Li1)
Here is the link to the OWC external drives - you can do the comparison yourself:
I see they now offer it with USB 3. Mine is the 1 TB in the middle. I've heard G drives are good, but have no personal experience with them.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2012 11:26 PM (in response to Ray Li1)
Can my iMac be booted up with external hard disk without any setting?
Requires that it be formatted with Mac OS X Extended and have the GUID partition scheme. FAT-32 and other PC-based schemes won't work. As for iOS devices, none here, so I can't advise. Good luck.27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
Currently Being ModeratedOct 27, 2012 5:43 AM (in response to Ray Li1)
After receiving the email from Apple about failing Seagate drives I had mine replaced yesterday. As I have up-to-date Time Machine backups I formatted my drive before taking it to the Apple store for replacement. I would not consider taking a machine to Apple with an HDD that contains personal and financial data.
Simply booted from my SL DVD and restored everything on to my replacement HDD.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2012 11:37 PM (in response to Chamar)
Could you please share your way to back up the HDD before sending the computer to Apple and restore everything thereafter. Currently I am struggling to find out the disks that came with the computer and the way to restore to my current status. Your advice is highly appreciated. Thanks!