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

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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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Possible reasons (other than Open Firmware Password Protection) for not being able to boot into single user mode?

Recently I was attempting to install some new software for a user. I followed these instructions to create a new admin-level account but when I held down cmd+S while booting it still booted into the ...
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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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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 can I disable Safe Boot or the Shift Key?

After a spill on the keyboard of my unibody MBP 17", the ⇧ key reports as always on. Under Windows (BootCamp) and Linux (LiveDVD) I can easily get around the problem by using an external ...
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Boot camp install of Windows 7 issue, no bootable devices

So I have a 2010 15" macbook pro (MBP6,1) and I replaced the optical drive with a hard disk. I wanted to install windows 7 on the hard disk with boot camp with a USB and ISO image. After searching I ...
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Stuck at Apple logo during boot. Cannot enter Safe mode. Cannot use Recovery USB

A little background I wanted to create a Mountain Lion recovery USB because I currently only have a Lion recovery USB. While downloading the installer image from the Mac App store, the computer froze ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Macbook Pro (Late 2011) Bootcamp and USB boot questions

I have a Macbook Pro with an OWC DataDoubler drive caddy replacing the Superdrive (installed at an Apple premium reseller, when I bought it, so I can still have my warranty). The main drive slot has ...
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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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Installation stuck at grey boot screen on Macbook Pro 4,1 (Early 2008)

I would appreciate any help you guys can give me since I would really like to upgrade my laptop to Mountain Lion. Computer: Macbook Pro 17" 4,1 (Early 2008) RAM: 4 GB RAM Hard drive: 128 SSD Hard ...
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Mac Mini Server running Mountain Lion (10.8.2) is freezing during boot (last line: IPv6 packet filtering initialized)

Starting in verbose mode (Cmd+V), the last line I see on the console is: IPv6 packet filtering initialized, default to accept, logging disabled This happens regardless of having an ethernet cable ...
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Stop-sign after boot and “Still waiting for root device”

Need some advice regarding a problem starting up my Mac Mini (mid 2011). The other day I was browsing websites when the machine froze with the spinning beachball. So I was forced to power off/on my ...
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Help diagnose errors on MacBook that will not boot

I have a MacBook which won't boot beyond the grey screen / Apple logo. With some key combo (can't remember what I did!) I managed to get a black screen with text output - see image. Can anyone offer ...
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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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MacBook Air dual boot Lion+10.6

Can a 2010 MacBook Air internal SSD be configured for the dual-boot of both Lion/10.7.x and Snow Leopard/10.6.x? If so, how much extra storage space is required for 2 boot partitions vs. one? Other ...
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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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MacBook Pro won't boot into safe mode or from DVD

Specs: MacBook Pro 7,1, 2.4gHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD with Snow Leopard v10.6.7 I'm having a weird problem. I want to boot from the install disk to run Disk Utility because I'm ...
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Is the first boot after a full system restore from TimeMachine supposed to take a long time?

I have had the hard drive in my iMac replaced and now I'm trying to restore it from my TimeMachine back up. I thought the TimeMachine back up was corrupt but maybe I'm just not patient enough, or I'm ...
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How can I get boot details when booting from Snow Leopard DVD?

I'm running into a situation where I need to repair my main partition but I can not get my machine to boot off the Snow Leopard DVD. It will boot up, let me choose my language, then go to the ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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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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Add Static ARP Entry at Boot

I'm new to Mac OS X. On Linux I'd: append to /etc/rc.local arp -i eth0 -s 192.168.1.1 00:00:00:00:00:00 I've figured out how to do it in Terminal: sudo arp -s 192.168.1.1 00:00:00:00:00:00 But ...
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Boot up error prohibitory sign flashing folder with question mark

3 weeks ago my hard drive failed so I bought a new one. (Macbook pro late 2011) 5 days ago, the new one flashed prohibitory sign, flashing folder with question mark. Every once in a while I could get ...
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OSX Partition won't mount. Permissions seem wrong

OS X was spinning and spinning when trying to shutdown so I held down the the ⌽ Power button to force shutdown. Current Situation: I cannot boot to OS X directly, I first have to boot to single ...
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Boot from different drive without using Alt/Option

My 2011 27 inch iMac will not boot, it plays the startup sound and then freezes on a white screen. I am fairly confident I could fix it myself if I could get it to boot from a USB drive or external ...
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How to set up an iMac not to look for USB Flash drive info during boot up?

Short question: is there a way to disable an iMac's USB Flash Drive boot up so that boot up time is faster? Details: My iMac has an external USB hub, and it has 3, 4 or sometimes 6 or 7 USB Flash ...
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What can slow down/How can I speed up the pre-kernel boot steps?

I've got a late 2007 Macbook Pro with 4 GB of RAM and an SSD. I am running Boot Camp and have an OptiBay. I have partitioned the SSD and secondary drive to devote half of each to Lion and half to ...
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Diagnosing a dead MacBook Pro

Anyone got a good checklist for diagnosing the problem with a dead MacBook Pro ? I've a 15" MacBook Pro Core Two vintage machine that has suddenly stopped booting up. I can hear the Superdrive spin ...
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Is it possible to specify a different root device to a MacOS kernel?

I have an old iBook (2003, G4) with a burnt-out harddrive. Being a poor academic, I don't want to bother with replacing the drive. I'd like to use an external USB drive in place of the harddrive. I ...