6 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2013 10:37 PM by Angel Llorente
Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)

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 (92,231 points)

    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 (298,674 points)

    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.



  • Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)

    1. Can the Hard Disk I just installed be partitioned for Mac OS 9 later?


    2. After I insert the Mac OS X 10.4  Tiger DVD, what are the next steps to installing Tiger onto the new hard drive?

  • Niel Level 10 (298,674 points)

    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.



  • Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)

    Thank you very much, mende1, for your assistance!!

  • Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)

    Thank you very much, Niel, for your assistance!!