Questions about booting, the process of starting a computer and putting it into a state of readiness for operation.

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Grub on Mac via EFI (Linux: /dev/sda1 Darwin: /dev/disk0s1) (MacBook Pro Early 2011 if it matters)

I installed Debian Jessie 8.5 on my MacBook Pro over my old Bootcamp partition (Windows 8.1). I deleted the bootcamp partition with the partition manager in the Debian Installer and created two new ...
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Boot MacMini (2014) from USB

Here is the problem. A long time ago, I set my Mac Mini to dual boot (using Bootcamp, but with some third-party repartitioning). I proceeded to install rEFInd, and eventually, to triple-boot. To ...
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cannot boot. volume disappeared from boot option after Disk Utility (GUI) repair

I have a 13-inch MBP with the latest OS X version. Problem Yesterday, I went to the Recovery Mode and performed Repair on my boot volume. I was not having a problem, but I just wanted to verify and ...
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Resetting MBR on iMac

I installed Ubuntu on my iMac (partially successfully) I had rEFIT installed but it did not recognize the Ubuntu installation. I removed the partition and rEFIT and now when I attempt to install ...
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Win2usb OS works on PC but not on MBP

I have a MBP with windows 7 64bit Bootcamp installed. I also have refind installed. I have a win2usb 1tb drive with a fresh windows 7 32bit installed and it boots up perfect on a test PC. Refind ...
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MacBook Pro stuck in gray screen when booting

I've got a Late-2011 15" MacBook Pro stuck in the gray screen when booting AFTER login. I've tried removing the drive (it's non-retina) and booting from a working bootable Yosemite installer, no luck. ...
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OSX Yosemite bootable usb drive circle slash (“no” symbol)

I have a Late-2011 Macbook Pro (4GB RAM) that has been running slow for several OSX cycles, and since Mavericks it's been unbearable (spinning beachballs whenever you do anything). I tried upgrading ...
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How to Rescue OS X without Visible Startup Disc?

I need to delete refind but I cannot do it because I bypass it, since I cannot see visible startup disc. I stopped partition process where I tried to erase Linux partition because of infinite time in ...
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Can't boot on OS X partition after resizing Windows partition

I initially had three bootable partitions: OS X Recovery for OS X Bootcamp (Windows 8) Now, on Windows, I decided to make my Windows partition smaller, reducing its size using the native Disk ...
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Windows (bootcamp) won't boot from hdd in optical drive bay

I have a mid-2012 MBP and I have done ye standard mod of replacing the original HDD with an SSD and shifted the original HDD into the optical drive bay. I then installed OSX (or should I call it ...
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Installing Ubuntu 16.04 server on Mac Mini 2006

I have liberated an old 2006 Mac Mini (Model: A1176) from being thrown away and wanted to use it as a Time Capsule for my other Macs. To do this, I want to install Ubuntu server 16.04 LTS to roll my ...
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How to recover my harddrive if I can't see it in the disk utility

I have a 2007 aluminium iMac which I upgraded months ago to Mavericks. Today it locked up and I held the power button to shut it down and cannot get it to start again. I get the flashing folder ? icon ...
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No bootable device after failed Windows 7 installation via Bootcamp

While trying to install Windows 7 via Bootcamp on my MBP Retina today I really messed up. After getting into the drive selection in the Windows installation utility I deleted the other partitions (3 ...
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MacBook Pro 15" 2011 stuck in kernel panic on boot

I recently purchased a used MacBook pro 15.4" from 2011. The previous owner said that it keeps beeping 3 times at boot. I figured it's just a faulty RAM bar, which I had a spare one. He also stated ...
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iMac Startup I/O Error Despite Successful Disk Repair

My Early 2008 iMac with OSX 10.8.5 no longer boots beyond grey screen with spinning gear. Verbose mode shows a load of I/O errors. Disk Verify/Repair run via recovery partition completes successfully, ...
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Hard Disk problems, unsure of how to proceed

A couple of days ago, I closed the lid on my 2012 MBP running El Capitan with Samsung Pro 830; it had nearly no power left. Power ran out while I was closing the lid, I suspect, so I plugged it in, ...
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How to change boot picture of Windows partition?

On a MacBook with Bootcamp installed, I got three partitions: OS X 10.10 Windows 10 OS X Recovery On boot, with 'alt' key down, I get the bootloader and I can choose which partition to boot. On ...
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CoreStorageFamily::unlockVEKs() failed to unwrap the vek, status = e00002bc

I have a filevault2 disk with two partition. One is the boot partition, the other contains data, both are encrypted. Today, after installing the latest 10.8 update (10.8.4 I guess), the computer ...
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How can I safely create a partition to an already bootable drive

I already asked this question on Apple's community forum, right here, so I'll post the answer here if something comes up there first. This is my problem : I recently bought an external drive of ...
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iMac loading bar gets stuck halfway then reboots

OSX 10.11.5 iMac turns on fine but loading bar gets to just over 50% and then a horizontal bar across the screen shows, then the screen goes black then to white. It stays at white then iMac turns ...
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Mac Pro hangs at startup showing white screen with spinning pie wheel

MacPro 1,1; lion? startup hard drive failed (with loud buzzing). Removed bad drive, installed replacement, inserted Lion USB drive, verified new drive using the Lion usb drive, started installation ...
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HDD corruption after power cutoff

Yesterday a breaker tripped in the same room as my Mac Pro 1,1 running Yosemite (Hacked boot.efi.) All other machines powered up but this one. Attempting to mount via Target Disk Mode timed out, so I ...
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Macbook Pro hangs when booting into Boot Camp Windows 7

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 15" 10.7.4 with Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. A few days ago, I tried to boot into Windows 7 and it just froze after I selected the Boot Camp volume on the Select Drive ...
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OSX El Capitan - cannot make bootable usb stick with boot camp

I meticulously followed this tutorial, and this worked for me in 2014. I have a 4GB usb stick plugged into the computer. It should be enough for windows 7, a partition which no longer boots and I am ...
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Create a bootable USB with Windows installer for Yosemite?

I'm having trouble creating a bootable USB for my mac. I have an iMac, and I'm wanting to install a copy of Windows Server 2008 x86 onto it. I've tried BootCamp, but I'm getting errors when selecting ...
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Vertical green stripes when iMac starts to boot up

An iMac has 5 green vertical bars/stripes that appear on the screen as soon the system starts booting. The OS is Yosemite (10.10.?) When I try to boot the computer normally, safe boot, or ...
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Macbook boots up to grey 'prohibited' symbol

I'm having an issue with my '09 13" Macbook Pro. When I boot it up, it seems to be booting normally until about thirty seconds in, when the Apple symbol is replaced with a kind of 'no-smoking' symbol, ...
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Mac Book Pro 3,1 uneven startup behavior - sometimes start between 5min to 30min after pushing power button

First of all my Mac Book Pro wont start up after going to sleep mode - all black screen etc. When i choose power down from the menu - well it doesnt power down completely - the harddrive is still ...
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Can't boot MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2010)

The problem occurred after installing the update SMC 1.6 on Apple - OS X Mountain Lion: First for a long time was a white screen and noisy cooler After the system battery icon was crossed out and ...
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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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MacBook Pro Mid 2009 does not boot without resetting system management control (SMC)

Today i started my macbook pro and after some seconds it stopped working (just turned). I was not able to start it again. After some apple support search I found a page that described how to reset the ...
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Using the -Bless Command on Multiboot Macs with 10.11 El Capitan

As part of our standard deployment, we tend to deploy multiple OSs on Macs, from 10.7 to 10.11. However, with the new SIP (System Integrity Protection), the -bless command no longer works properly. I ...
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Upgraded to 10.9, but it broke my Windows 8.1 Boot Camp partition!

I just got Windows 8.1 set up via Boot Camp a couple days ago, and everything was working wonderfully. Today, I upgraded my Mac to OSX v10.9, as suggested by Apple. Nobody told me it would break my ...
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To Rescue Nonbooting OS X with Grub?

I had Refind bootloader in Macbook Air 2013-mid. My disk has OSX and broken Ubuntu. Ubuntu messed up my bootloader such that it starts only. I cannot go to grub/refind by pressing ALT, ALT-R, ... My ...
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Recover mac mini broken BIOS (mac mini displays nothing)

Well, month ago I gave mac mini (late 2011) to my little brother with new HDD and RAM memory stick. So, being an independent person, he has tried to install Windows on empty HDD (yeah, it's weird) and ...
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SSD not working internally

I recently bought a Corsair Force LE 240GB SSD and tried to do a net recovery on a macbook pro A1278 (MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 with i5) to the latest El Capitan, but for some reason, this is only ...
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How can I get my 3rd party SSD to boot El Capitan?

I have a Mid 2012 13 inch MacBook Pro that's been running successfully with a hybrid drive (3rd party) for the last few years. Recently, the operating system crashed and the hard drive is no longer ...
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Troubleshooting: Apple booting to Prohibitory Sign

So my macbook pro (2012 Intel i5 6gb ram), has been starting up to the prohibitory sign. This sign will kinda sway back and forth between the apple symbol and the prohibitory sign. Every once in a ...
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Cannot access vital boot options on Mac Pro with OS X Lion

I have this used Mac Pro (mid-2010) that I recently bought, that came with OS X Lion installed. It was apparently installed from an image because there are a lot of installed apps and, though there is ...
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Macbook Pro Crashing and Startup Failure

Firstly, some background information for the problem: My girlfriend's Macbook Pro had an issue that was annoying, but not fatal. Roughly once a day (but sometimes not for a few days, and sometimes ...
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Cannot boot into offline recovery partition in El capitan

I removed Boot Camp, then every time I use CommandR my Macbook Air starts Internet recovery. The weird thing is that the recovery partition is still there. Note my Internet connection is only 512kb/...
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Problem Installing Kali Dual Boot on Mac OS X El Capitan

I've tried installing Kali by installing refind, reverting my CoreStorage main partition, resizing it to free 30 GB, and burning the Kali ISO to a USB using the Mac Linux USB Loader. However, when I ...
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How long to hold key combinations when booting a Mac?

I can't believe no one has ever asked this, but I can't seem to find it: How long should you hold down key combinations, such as Command + S, while your Mac is booting? I can get this iMac to boot ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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How to permanently disable (defective) graphics card in MacBook Pro?

My graphics card has malfunctioned and is preventing my MacBook Pro (2011) from booting. Based on my research I will have to otherwise have the logic board replaced. The defective ATI graphics card ...
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No bootable device, insert boot disk (Windows 7 already installed)

Recently I installed Windows 7 Ultimate via Boot Camp Assistant on my MacBook Pro and everything was going alright. I wanted to share files between my two operating systems so I created a fat32 disk ...
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“You restarted/Computer restarted because of a problem” on wakeup, Evernote?

For the last few days I've been getting scared because of these messages that appear very frequently on wakeup, and almost always when I wakeup after a long duration. Sometimes it says "you restarted ...
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refind : No bootable device (Mac and linux)

I just make dual boot on my macbook pro with linux fedora. when I enter linux on refind menu, it says "no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key". I know this question has been ...
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Cannot boot into OS X after partitoning

I have installed Ubuntu on a Mac Mini, everything works great. I'm able to switch back and forth without any problems. After that, I used GParted in Ubuntu to resize the OS X partition. I then create ...
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MBPr with El Capitan freezes at or right after login

Here's the problem: my colleague has a MacBook Pro Retina with El Capitan installed and he's been having issues with regular freezes lately. Everything has worked fine under Mavericks for well over a ...