Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to rlh0009)
Forced shut down and restarted without any problems. I created a test folder and was able to drag it from the MacBook to the back up.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 3:40 PM (in response to rlh0009)
Well, that's a good sign. How much data are you cloning to the backup? Is the backup at least that large a capacity? Is it erased?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to Kappy)
back up HD is 1TB, data to be backed up 97+GB.
I followed your instructions for formatting and partitioning, and then began the process of backing up the data with DU, then as you know it failed. When I open up the external HD most if not all of the data appears. I do not know if that is from the DU restore, or a failed erase. Your thoughts?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 3:49 PM (in response to rlh0009)
I don't really know, but generally if an erase failed the data on the drive was already there.
It shouldn't take six hours to transfer 98 GBs of data. Even over USB 2.0 you wouldn't take more than 4 hours or so.
Maybe we gave up just a bit too soon?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 3:57 PM (in response to Kappy)
Ok. So, boot from start up disk and try again? Should I also erase and partition again? Thank you for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 6:31 PM (in response to rlh0009)
I would just erase the volume. The rest shouldn't be necessary. But since you said most of what was on the source appears to have been transferred you might just try using Carbon Copy Cloner which then will only copy what's now missing rather than having to copy everything from scratch.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 7:53 PM (in response to Kappy)
Ok. I erased the volume and then performed a carbon copy clone on the external HD. I then restarted with option key and selected the external HD to boot up. A few minutes later I arrived at the grey apple screen and then received a kernel/panic message. See photo below.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 7:56 PM (in response to rlh0009)
There's something not right. Are you using a retail copy of Leopard? Exactly which Macbook model do you have?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:04 PM (in response to Kappy)
The Leopard copy was on the machine when it was given to me. I am certain it is a valid copy because the computer was part of a huge purchase of Apple computers for the local school system that I teach in.
Mac OS X 10.5.8
MacBook ID- MacBook4, 1
Processor 2.1 Intel Core 2 Duo
1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Anything else I can provide to help solve this problem? Thank you again.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:12 PM (in response to rlh0009)
Are you capable of installing OS X directly onto your external drive? If so, then do that. See if that works. We can go on from there.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:24 PM (in response to Kappy)
Please provide instuctions for installing OS X on my external drive. Thank you in advance.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:28 PM (in response to rlh0009)
You will need an Installer DVD for Leopard. If you have one then:
Erase and Install
1. Boot from your OS X Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.
2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.
4. Upon completion of formatting quit DU and return to the installer. Follow onscreen instructions to complete the installation of Leopard. Be sure you choose the external drive as the target for the installation.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 7:11 AM (in response to Kappy)
Good morning. The installer DVD would be the same one that I have been using correct? The only install DVD I have was sent to me from Apple. DVD, Mac OS X 10.5 Install Dvd. Use that? Thank you in advance-
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 8:51 AM (in response to rlh0009)
Now for some strange reason the MacBook will not boot from the install DVD. It was working fine yesterday when we were attempting various fixes for the external hd. I have tried repeatedly to boot from the DVD to no avail. It mounts, it begins to load and gets stuck on the apple/gray screen with the spinning wheel. I can hear the drive spinning and spinning but nothing. Suggestions?
My goal when I began this project was to backup everything on the MacBook to an external hard drive. Then I would erase the MacBook and be prepared to turn it back in to the school district where I work. I have had it for several years and it has lots of photos, music and personal information that I wanted to remove before giving it back. What could you suggest at this point? I have back up, it's not bootable, but all the information is there. I am fed up with this. Thank you for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 9:39 AM (in response to rlh0009)
At this point all I can suggest is to take the computer in for service to find out what's wrong with it.