4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2012 10:48 AM by ds store
Random00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Under MacOS X safe mode, how can i mount usb harddisk to backup system using time machine.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: mount external usb under safe mode
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Might not be doable. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564 for details. IIRC, TM won't run in safe mode, but I might be mistaken. BTW, why?

  • 2. Re: mount external usb under safe mode
    Random00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Balwo,

     

    I recently have a problem with my imac 27 inch.  If i log in more than a 1 min, it will freeze with marks of distorted color square appears on the screen.   However when I logged into Safe Boot, its working fine. 


    The reason why i want to mount USB drive, is so that i can use TIME machine to backup my system before i take it to repair.

     

    Thanks

  • 3. Re: mount external usb under safe mode
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Thanks for clarifying.

    …when I logged into Safe Boot, its working fine.

    Since it works in safe mode, then there's a conflict with 3rd-party software. Step one is to log into a newly created admin user account and see if the problem persists.

    The reason why i want to mount USB drive, is so that i can use TIME machine to backup my system before i take it to repair.

    AFAIK, if that's possible do it, but I don't think that will matter at all, since TM will just backup the boot volume, whether or not components are loaded into RAM.

  • 4. Re: mount external usb under safe mode
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Random00 wrote:

     

    If i log in more than a 1 min, it will freeze with marks of distorted color square appears on the screen. 

     

    However when I logged into Safe Boot, its working fine. 

     

    Could be a video card or driver software issue, find out here, should be fixed by #8 if it's a software issue in OS X only.

     

    Step by Step to fix your Mac

     

     

     

    Random00 wrote:

     

    The reason why i want to mount USB drive, is so that i can use TIME machine to backup my system before i take it to repair.

     

    Use another blank powered USB drive instead and use the drag and drop copy methods of "Emergency Quick Copy" here

     

    Most commonly used backup methods