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

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Mac won't boot: Way to mount drive and delete one file?

My macbook is currently a brick. I added a /etc/launchctl.conf file that must be malformed. The OS now crashes even when attempting to start in safe mode: "launchd System bootstrapper has crashed: ...
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Boot MacBook Pro into non OSX operating system from external harddisk

I have a MacBook Pro and an external HDD with Ubuntu, I can use this HDD to boot other machines into Ubuntu but no amount of pressing option would make my MacBook Pro think that the drive is bootable. ...
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Wake on LAN for MBP late 2009

Is it possible to wake my MBP via Magic Packets from power down? I read Power up Mac Mini remotely, but that does not seem to work from power down. "Wake for network access" in "Energy Saver" prefpane ...
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Install and boot Windows from USB hard drive?

I would like to install Windows 7 on an external USB 2.0 500 gb hard drive. Is it possible to both install to and boot from this USB drive from my MacBook Pro 2010?
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What does no chime on boot mean?

My MacBook Pro is having some issues. It boots. But the graphics card doesn't get detected. You can remote in to it but looking at the Displays dialog in System Preferences, no graphics card is shown: ...
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How do I set my mac to ask what disc I want to boot from without having to hold alt?

I can switch between OSX, Windows and a network drive, but I cannot seem to find this option anywhere.
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MacBook Air has suddenly become very slow at booting and shutdown

I have a Late 2010 MacBook Air, and it has a 256 GB SSD, 2.13 GHz processor, and 4 GB RAM. It has been lightning fast ever since I bought it and I upgraded to OS X Lion and it was super fast. Boot ...
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How can I fix permission issue when I cannot start Mac OS X?

I was creating a guest account and to prevent it from accessing the Macintosh HD as in other applications and stuff I assigned it as in "No Access" When I switched to the guest account everything ...
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Uninstall rEFInd 0.8-3.7 on Yosemite

I recently tried installing rEFInd on Yosemite using the command ./install.sh --alldrivers however it would not recognise the ubuntu 14.04 x64 for Mac disk I made and so I would like to uninstall ...
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Mac Won't Boot. Help needed

I use top-notch MBPRO15 Late 2011 with the latest OSX and all the recent updates installed. I had booting problems before which I managed to solve through command+option+P+R. I'm not sure what exactly ...
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How to create USB Ubuntu boot disk in OS X so that it boots on *non-Apple* computer?

While this seems like a straight forward task, the few methods I've tried so far don't create a USB device that my Dell computer will recognize as a valid bootable USB drive. Here's what I've tried ...
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Can I boot Linux (any distro?) from USB on a MacBook Air that has no hard drive?

I've a MacBook Air that has burned out three hard drives from OWC. The original drive is gone somewhere, and it no longer makes sense to purchase a replacement. The rest of the hardware is in good ...
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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How do I change the default boot option on rEFIt?

I have two copies of OS X (10.6 and 10.7). By default rEFIt boots 10.6. However, I want to make it boot 10.7 instead. How do I do this?
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How do I boot into the EFI firmware shell?

I'd like to experiment with the EFI shell on a MacBook Pro 2010 model. I am unable to find the keyboard sequence to hold on boot. Does someone know what the sequence is, do I need to boot from my ...
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Panic on boot, need to use single user mode (was: need to rebuild kext cache)

I'm getting this at every boot on one Mac: With some searching and asking around I've found that I can get a successful boot if I boot into single-user mode, mount / as read/write, and then do ...
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Trapped: MacBook always shuts down during EFI SMC Update 1.8. Can't boot. How to remove updater from boot routine?

MacBook Pro i7 Mid-2012 (MacBookPro9,2) running Mac OS X 10.8.5: Downloaded the "offered" EFI SMC Update 1.8 through the AppStore Updates. MacBook restarted, grey progress bar appears w/ spinning ...
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How do I prevent automatic mounting of all the partitions on a flash drive?

I have a flash drive that I use for various diagnostics on macs. Most of the partitions on the drive are accessible by holding down the option key on boot. I also have one extra partition that is not ...
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Renaming the startup disks shown during boot

I'm dual booting OS X (Lion) and Arch Linux, and when I hold down "option" during the boot process, I am presented with both of my startup disk options (i.e., OS X and Linux); however, they are named "...
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How to create a bootable USB drive for Disk Utility?

Disk Utility says my boot drive need repair. Unfortunately my DVD drive is toast, so I can't boot from the install DVD and make the repair. Is there a way I can create a bootable USB drive and ...
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Apple recovery partition possibly creating problems in Ubuntu

Before reading, it may help to know I have a 13" Macbook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). Recently, the HFS+ filesystem on my OSX became corrupt and after many trials and errors, it was clear I was going ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2011 15 inch, Mountain Lion Booting issue

My Macbook Pro is not booting normally. I tried many options but no success. If I try to recovery mode or try to boot from USB, a blue screen appears. So I can't do fresh install. I checked hardware ...
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Mac Pro failing to boot

Two times now, over the last 3 weeks my Mac Pro is failing to boot. Once on, it stays on the blue screen with the spinning icon and never gets to the login screen. To remedy this I boot from install ...
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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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Mac boot menu not showing up with different keyboards

I have a Macbook White from 2010. I have been using it for a while and everything works except the internal keyboard which is broken because of a tea spill. An external PC-keyboard (USB) is attached ...
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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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Macbook doesn't display on external screen until after I log in (Yosemite). How to fix?

I have a macbook pro (mid-2011) and an HP Pavilion 22bw (prob inconsequential) connected via a Thunderbolt DVI Adapter. Ever since installing Yosemite, I now need to open the macbook pro and log in ...
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Gray screen after installing Yosemite

Yesterday I updated my 2012 MacBook Air to Yosemite. Everything was good, everything working great, but, at the end of the night, my laptop’s battery was low so I decided to shut it down, instead of ...
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How do I get into boot options with a non-mac keyboard?

I boot my mac mini, hold down alt on my non-mac keyboard, but it does not go to boot options. How do I get to boot options with a non-mac keyboard then?
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Upgrading new Mac Mini to have SSD. Do I have to buy Lion, or can I just re-download from App Store?

EDIT: The accepted answer below works, but I can also confirm that just booting the stock machine and visiting the App Store, you can just re-download it and make a boot USB drive before swapping out ...
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Why does RAID 1 “Mirroring not provide performance improvements”?

I have always used Software RAIDs, either Apple-provided, or via SoftRAID, etc. I am about to re-zhuzh my arrays and decided to do a little research beforehand… and On Apple's site, there is a ...
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How can I reset the PRAM if Recovery Mode keeps overriding the PRAM command?

Lion uses the ⌘ + R to boot into recovery mode. Resetting the PRAM in anything less than 10.7 was ⌘ + ⌥ + P + R. Recovery mode now seems to override the PRAM command. Does anyone ...
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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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Dual Boot Mavericks + El Capitan

I was using El Capitan without issues till now. I'm starting to use Pro Tools 10 which is incompatible with El Capitan, so I will need to install a previous OS X version like Mavericks to make it work....
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nvram boot-args to boot in target disk mode

I'd like a Mac to always boot in target disk mode. Similarly to setting sudo nvram boot-args="-v" which boots in verbose mode, I tried sudo nvram boot-args="-t" but to no avail. Any idea?
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Can't start up MacBook Pro from OS X install discs

I wanted to re-install my mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i7 2.66 gHz 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) which is currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8. I inserted the retail Mac OS X 10.6 install disc, ...
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Security hole in firmware password by installing another boot loader?

I set up a firmware password on my MacBook. One thing I don't understand is how I can install a tool such as rEFIt, and effectively bypass the entire firmware password (i.e. installing it never asked ...
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Why would my iPhone 6 be stuck in a dead battery boot loop?

Okay, so I have a problem. My iPhone 6 died (it runs a non-jailbroken version of iOS, I used it as a test device for development applications, but I didn't do anything crazy with the firmware of the ...
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Does Windows, running on latest Apple computers, see boot disk partitioned as MBR or GPT?

From my understanding, the newest apple computers boot Windows in EFI mode. Traditionally, Windows has seen the boot disk as an MBR partitioned disk. In fact, the boot disk (i.e. /dev/disk0) has aways ...
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Macbook Air not waking up from Suspend/Sleep with rEFInd boot manager installed

Having installed both rEFInd 0.6.10 (updated to 0.6.11) via its install.sh and Ubuntu 13.04 on another partition I can now choose on a MacBook Air to boot either MacOS or Linux. When running MacOS ...
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How can I make a bootable Windows 7 usb in OSX Lion?

I want to make a bootable Windows 7 USB in OS X Lion. How can I do that?
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Not enough storage for El Capitan; no way to free up space

I wanted to upgrade my Macbook 2008 from Yosemite to El Capitan. Unfortunately, when I downloaded it and restarted my computer, on the "select the disk on which to install" page the only location, ...
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BuildError(): error building a user of type

I'm getting a strange message each time I boot. For a quick second before the Apple Logo appears I see the text: BuildError(): error building a user of type 0x20010008 Then the Logo appears, and ...
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How can I try to boot a completely stuck Macbook Pro?

I have a retina MBP that according to my mum was working last time she put it under charge (with 15% left). However, as of now, I get no reaction at all after pressing the boot key. The screen stays ...
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Booting from another mac's hard drive

My Macbook recently developed a video card problem, and I got another Macbook, both running Yosemite (though perhaps different subversions). I got my old hard drive out and connected it to my new ...
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Problems creating Yosemite USB bootable drive

I was trying to make a USB boot loader for Yosemite using this command sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled 2 --...
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No bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key

When I boot my Macbook Pro 13" Retina (running newest Mavericks), it is showing me this error: However! If I boot holding the ⌥ alt-key, it shows Mavericks as option. When I press ⌤ enter-key to ...
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iMac will not boot

An office iMac will not boot - it sits at the gray startup screen with the progress circle spinning continuously. I have tried: Booting in safe mode (same result) Booting in recovery mode (same ...
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Can I boot Mac from an external hard drive (internal hard drive+hard drive closure)

Model: Macbook Pro 2010 mid OS: OS X 10.9 Hard Drive: WD5000BPKT 500GB For some reason I need to change my perfectly working internal bootable drive to external bootable drive. I took out my ...
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Logging out and in on OS X takes 4-5 minutes?

I've got a 3.4 GHz i7 iMac (8 cores) with 24 GB of RAM. (2 16 GB chips plus 2 4 GB chips.) I know this amount of RAM is "officially unsupported" which is why I mention it. Lately logging out (to ...