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How to Make Startup Hard Drive?

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Angel Llorente Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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May 13, 2013 8:53 PM

I just installed and formatted a hard drive.  What are the steps in making that newly installed hard drive a "startup drive?"

Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) Dual, Mac OS X (10.4.11), I also use MacOS 9.2.2
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    May 13, 2013 8:55 PM (in response to Angel Llorente)

    First of all, install Mac OS X in the hard drive. If it's already installed, start the Mac, open System Preferences > Startup Disk, and choose the hard drive. Doing it, your computer will always start by default in your hard drive

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,330 points)
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    May 13, 2013 8:57 PM (in response to Angel Llorente)

    Install an OS on it. In the case of Mac OS 9, you can also drag-copy the existing system to it and then open and close the System Folder on that drive. Moving an existing Mac OS X system requires a product such as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.

     

    Mac OS 9 can only start up from a drive or partition which is formatted as Mac OS Standard or Mac OS Extended. Mac OS X requires that the drive or partition be formatted as Mac OS Extended.

     

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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,330 points)
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    May 13, 2013 9:17 PM (in response to Angel Llorente)

    1. Not without a Mac OS X 10.5 DVD, but you don't need to repartition the drive to install Mac OS 9 onto a drive which has Mac OS X installed; it can just be drag-copied from Mac OS 9. If you use a Mac OS 9.1 or earlier CD to install it instead of drag-copying it, additional steps may be needed.

    2. Restart with the C key held down and specify that drive as the target.

     

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