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

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Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?

Reasons for wanting create such a usb include: PC is unbootable and you want to prepare a bootable USB using the ISO file that you have on your external hard drive. to install Windows 8.1 on Mac ...
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Stuck in a boot loop after failed update to Mavericks, can't reformat HDD

I recently tried to upgrade a 2008 Mac Pro from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to Mavericks (10.9.2) using the free upgrade available in the App Store. The upgrade seemed to go without a hitch until the ...
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Boot off of USB drive problem - new iMac

how can i boot off of usb disk to install snow leopard onto new iMac that has mavericks installed
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How to create a 10.6.8 recovery CD (not clone of the OS or install environment)

Upon Google searching people seem to equate "recovery CD" with full installation. I have seen methods such as using Disk Utility with the Mac HD as the source and a DVD as the destination. This ...
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Why doesn't my MacBook recognize the original HD any longer?

I replaced the stock hd with a samsung ssd (840) about 18 months ago. It died last week. I tried putting the original HD back in and the computer won't recognize it. Even when I hold down the option ...
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My mac would not boot so I formatted the drive and now it has no OS

So there is a whole other backstory as to why my computer would not boot and why I needed to format the drive. The only thing I need to know is how can I install an OS to my computer. I tried CMD-R, ...
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Modify SATA link speed down (Mac won’t boot)

I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2011, MacBookPro8,2) which I cannot reboot, otherwise I have to reinstall Mavericks every time. Sleep mode works, luckily, but sometimes I need to reboot. In April my HDD ...
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Fix slow startup after utility disk repair on a SSD

I have a 250Gb Samsung SSD 840 series with Trim support enabled installed on a mid-2009 13" Macbook pro running Snow Leopard (10.6.8, 2.26GHz, 8Gb of RAM) and I experience extremely slow startup after ...
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iPhone 4s stuck at apple logo in boot

My iPhone 4s 64GB was recently updated to iOS7. The battery was completely empty so I had to charge it. However, the iPhone does not boot anymore and it's stuck at the Apple Logo. I went to a ...
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Mac pro 2,1 boots up but won't restart?

I am very confused with this problem. So I just recently purchased a 8 core 3.0ghz Mac Pro 2,1 and I upgraded the memory with 16gbs of hynix ram, and everything worked great the computer was reading ...
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How to bless a partition using a custom EFI-boot file with non-conforming directory structures and/or file names?

Is there a guide on how to bless a partition for booting, one that doesn't have the default /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi structure? For example, I installed GRUB on the default EFI System ...
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Booting problem after Mavericks installation: BootCache.playlist: 2 No such file or directory

I have updated my MacBook Air 2011 from the App Store to Mavericks but after the installation it doesn't boot up (spinning grey ball). Safemode or a new installation didn't help and verbose mode ends ...
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Macbook won't boot

I have a Macbook pro 13" that won't boot up. I searched for solutions online and the issue seemed battery related to me. I opened the back panel of my Mac and took out the RAM and placed it back. ...
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Mac mini won´t boot up

I have a Mac mini that fell from a desk, my kid was playing aroung and it hit the floor, I picked it up and it stared up but when the Apple logo comes up the little cricle appears and thats it, it ...
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Macbook Air intermittently can't find startup disk

About six months ago, my Macbook Air started having a strange issue where it would often not be able to find the startup disk, giving me the flashing question mark. Initially, I was convinced the hard ...
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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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Disk became full, had to force shutdown, now it doesn't boot

Don't know why I didn't get a warning about disk being almost full... It came down to zero free space and I couldn't do anything except force-shutdown it. I booted into Windows, deleted some files ...
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Bootup error on every boot method, HD, Recovery drive, External HD system and USB?

Bootup error on every boot method, HD, Recovery drive, External HD system and USB??? I get the following error on but, white screen apple logo, then error and keeps restarting and starting cycle ...
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unable to boot my Mac book after file vault 2 activation

after activation of file vault 2 I am unable to boot my computer, the apple sign turns into a prohibitory sign with a spinning circle beneath it , that spins forever. I really need the data on this ...
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Windows 7 on Macbook Air 1,1 *without* Boot Camp

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on an early 2008 (1,1) Apple Macbook air, on which OS X is not present. The machine is not able to boot directly the win 7 iso, supposedly because it lacks some support ...
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Does not boot (endless spinning)

A friend of mine has forgot her password to a newly bought Macbook Pro, Lion. I've reset the password like described here by booting to single-user mode and deleting /var/db/.AppleSetupDone The Mac ...
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After strange startup issues TimeMachine/Migration not working properly, some data seems to be lost

since I couldn't find a solution for this problem I hope somebody of you may have one: When I was in holiday 2 weeks ago and repeatedly tried to boot my MacBook Pro 15" (2012, DIY Fusion, FileVault 2 ...
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Boot menu not working

So basically I can't boot from my ssd anymore. It just shows a grey screen with an error symbol. I can't get into target disk mode and none of the other boot shortcuts seem to be working either. When ...
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Mavericks - Restore Damaged Recovery HD Partition without Reinstalling OS X

Recently, I tried to boot into the Recovery HD partition in order to perform some basic verify/repair operations using Disk Utility, only to find that my Recovery HD partition will not boot. Instead, ...
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If I mess up the EFI System Partition, will Mac OS X be unbootable?

I forgot to make a backup of my EFI System Partition (ESP) and have installed grub onto it. If I happen to accidentally mess up the partition, will OS X be bootable? If not, how would I restore the ...
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Startup Screen Flashes Pink

During boot, I see the gray screen with the Apple logo, then the entire screen flashes pink for a couple seconds before boot continues normally. Is this a problem/symptom of something? MacBook Pro ...
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Installing Mac OS 10.6 on PC [duplicate]

I need to install Mac OS 10.6 on my laptop using Windows. So I have an .ISO file with Snow Leopard and USB drive,i try to create bootable USB drive via PowerISO but later,when i try to boot from USB ...
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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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Force a read-only mount of startup disk

I want to create a MacOS recovery startup disk on a USB flash drive. In order to maintain the integrity of the drive's contents (and, perhaps more importantly, reduce write wear on the flash drive ...
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Boot straight to an Application when Mac is turned on

I have a client who wants to use Mac OS X and a Mac Mini to sell a software solution to end users that ALWAYS boots straight to an application when the Mac is turned on. They can't access the login ...
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Strange Freeze on My MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0GHZ (A1150 / MA600LL) & No Sound After Boot

I have a MacBook Pro 15" A1150 (MA600LL) that will not boot except in safe mode. It gets almost all of the way through the boot then freezes with two vertical checkerboard lines and the ...
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Changed the mod for ~/.. directory by mistake, made it 744, can't boot anymore

I ran the following command by mistake: sudo chmod 744 ~/.. and I can't boot my macbook anymore, it freezes with the brown screen and ajax-style spin. What should I do to make it work normally ...
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After upgrade Lion to Mavericks, can't run Windows 7 on boot camp because is hidden/disabled

The question is about iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) It was with Lion, there was a Windows 7 (32bit) partition created by Boot Camp v4. So, I made the upgrade to Mavericks (no clean install), after this ...
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Debian won't book on MacBook Pro

I erased the entire content of my MacBook Pro when installing debian. Now, the laptop will not boot into Linux. When I insert USB again it will start installation again. I even selected bootable ...
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Dual booting Yosemite/Mavericks: Stuck in Yosemite with an 'Install OS X' volume instead [closed]

I've made a partition on my hard drive, so I currently have Macintosh HD (call it 1) and Macintosh HD 2 (call it 2). I downloaded the Yosemite installer with my Mavericks install on 1, then ran it ...
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How to boot in Windows by default? [duplicate]

I installed windows 8 on a bootcamp partition. When the computers shut off because the battery is low or because of windows update, it will restart in Maverik (unless I notice in time to press alt ...
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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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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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Problem Installing Lion on MacBook2,1 using USB

I have a Macbook2,1 with 4GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz and Leopard 10.5.8 and I need to upgrade it to Lion. I've downloaded Lion installation dmg file and restored it to a USB disk using Disk ...
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2 Mac Mini Server in a restored RAID 1 config and question mark folder at boot

We have two identical Mac Mini servers (let's call them A and B) running OS X Lion with two 500 Gb HD. Using a Thunderbolt cable, a RAID 1 matrix was creating using three HDs (2 from A, 1 from B) with ...
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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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Install Windows on MacBook Pro, without OS X

I installed Linux Mint on my 2006 MBP 15" this weekend before hearing that the system will not enter a compatible firmware mode for Linux/Windows without rEFIt or rEFInd installed first. Well, I do ...
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Apple infinite load. I/O error and even a new HD

My mac mini from the 2011 refused to boot. Apple logo and loading image forever.. I tried cmd+s: Went through all the steps from the applejack, tried fsck -fy, all semmed pok, Tried cmd+v: It ...
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Problem with bootable usb drives

So I have just created a windows 8 bootable drive using the tutorial at http://bleeptobleep.blogspot.fr/2013/02/mac-install-windows-7-or-8-on-external.html?m=1 But when I held down the option key at ...
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rEFIt defaulting to 32bit kernel

rEFIt is defaulting to the 32bit kernel of OS X which will not boot and will show this error message: at boot I have to press F2 then manually select the 64bit kernel. How do I change the default ...
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How old would a Macbook Pro need to be in order to have a non-64bit Intel processor?

My friend has a MBP that was bought 2 or 3 years ago, and I need to help him prepare some software to run. What are the chances he won't be able to boot from a 64bit Linux live USB flash drive?
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iMac 27″ boots successfully to safe mode only

I can only boot my iMac 27″ (end of 2009) in safe mode. The problem started in Lion, when the computer suddenly froze. All I can get is the grey screen, which turns black after a while. I upgraded ...
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Why the launchd has multiple instances per user (not only me and root, but also _spotlight and _windowserver)?

I found that the launchd process has multiple instances in the process list. What is looking interesting is that there are four users under which these launchd processes are running: root < ...
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Is it possible to make a bootable USB stick for a Macbook Pro to do firmware update?

I know there are some possible duplicates. But the questions are not solved. Such as: Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB I am trying to upgrade the firmware of my SSD (crucial m500) ...