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

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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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Cannot boot into Mac OS X after partitoning

After create a FAT32 partition, I cannot boot again. I'm be able to boot into Recovery. I've been googling around and the solution seems to reinstall. Is there any other way to solve this, or if not, ...
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Trouble to boot into OSX after install windows 10 on MacBook pro

Before this problem win + OSX worked fine. But I tried to settings>recovery>Advance Startup from windows. after a restart , there is no two boot option . only windows boot option is appear. But how ...
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Unusually long boot time in non-verbose mode - early 2008 MBP + SSD + Mavericks

Inside my early 2008 MBP (15", C2D 2.4, 4GB, GF8600M) I installed a used Samsung SSD (128GB), did a clean Mavericks install and at first startup, I restored the Applications, Desktop, Documents etc. ...
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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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Can't see Apple_HFS partition after using Minitool Partition Wizard

I tried to reduce my partition size using Minitool Partition Wizard on my BOOTCAMP partition (I didn't touch Apple_HFS partition) now I can't see my Apple_HFS partition in Disk Utility. However this ...
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White MacBook hangs at gray Apple screen forever, won't boot to single user, won't mount using Disk Utility. What do I do next?

After a forced shutdown, my white MacBook hangs at the gray screen with the Apple logo and an infinitely spinning progress wheel. I can boot in verbose mode, but I didn't see any particular error, ...
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Minimum requirements for Mac Book Pro Core2Duo to boot

I got an older Macbook Pro as a present, without battery and harddisk. Memory is installed, LED power adapter is on. Since the machine doesn't boot, my question is if I have to install harddisk or ...
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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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Boot Issues After Boot Camp

Note: I apologize about the excessive use of abbreviations, my phone is my only Internet access right now I recently used Boot Camp to install Windows 10 on a partition of my MacBook Pro from mid ...
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How can I boot a WinPE USB on a Macbook? [duplicate]

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro with OS X Yosemite and Windows 7 on a bootcamp partition. Yesterday while trying to create another partition (in windows) I accidently converted my basic disk of primary ...
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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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Lion to El Capitan upgrade stuck on restart

I'm upgraded an late-2011 MacBook Pro from Lion to El Capitan. The install itself seemed to go fine. It got to the step where it restarts after the install and now it just hangs on this screen. ...
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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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EFI Boot Frozen When Trying to Install Windows 8.1

I am trying to install Windows 8.1 in Bootcamp on my Mac Pro Early 2009 Edition which should be possible according to this page: https://support.apple.com/en-ap/HT201457 I went through all of the ...
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Grub Rescue on Mac

I have a problem: yesterday I installed Kali Linux 2.0 on my Macbook air (runs El Capitan). However, after managing to run it, and exiting it, i couldn't find Kali on my laptop anymore. I forgot to ...
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kernel extension is not always loaded at boot time on OSX

I do have a kernel extension for USB-Devices using IOKitPersonalities. Replugging one of the devices the kext will always be loaded as expected but for devices already connected at startup this ...
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I can't boot into Windows 7 on Boot Camp

I have a mid-2009 MBP. A couple of years ago I swapped out the optical drive for an SSD, made the original hard drive a Boot Camp partition and installed Windows 7 on it. It has been a brilliant "best ...
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Mac won't boot from USB drive: Prohibited sign

I tried to clean install OS X El Capitan on my Mac, but it won't boot from the USB drive. Here are the steps I took to create the bootable USB drive: (I have a mid 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina ...
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unable to boot Mac OS after installing bootcamp

Installed bootcamp Win7 on my MBPro with Yosemite a couple weeks ago and both OS's worked fine for some time, until recently the Mac OS suddenly decided it couldn't boot anymore. If I select the Mac ...
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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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Installing 20+ operating systems on Mac without any virtualization

For a scientific project I need to install these operating systems on my Mac Pro. The catch is... It has to run on a native hardware, no level 1 or 2 virtualization is allowed. Here is the list of ...
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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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What font is used to print a verbose mode boot?

When booting OS X in verbose mode (⌘V), the log is printed on screen. It seems different to the kernel font, but it might just be a smaller version of it. inverted screenshot Yosemite 10.10.1 ...
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Mac Pro: Kernel panic during HDD boot and DVD boot

I have a 2007 Mac Pro (OS X Tiger 10.4.11) that cannot boot up anymore since a few days. I see the grey screen with the apple logo and the rotating circle. After a minute or so I get a kernel panic. ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF' after attempting to delete some Linux partitions—cannot log in

I was unable to just delete the partitions left by an old Linux Mint installation by pressing the '-' button in disk utility. I looked online and read that I could reformat them to a journaled format ...
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Hard drive boots over USB but not when install internally

I am trying to upgrade from a 500GB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136314) to a 1TB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291). The only spec ...
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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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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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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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2012 Macbook Pro Boots With Startup Sound, But Has Black Screen

This is sorta urgent, since my dad's whole business relies on his computer, and it needs to be fixed. Anyway, it will startup and and make the mac "on" chime. But after that, nothing happens. We can ...
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How do I get rEFInd working with OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

I noticed that I could not install and use rEFInd after upgrading to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This restricts me to OS X so I cannot boot my Linux partition. I get the following error: error "Could not ...
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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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Boot Windows from USB with EFI password

I've created an USB with Windows 10 from where I can boot: Restart pressing option. Select USB EFI partition. Windows starts. When EFI password is active it will be asked when booting pressing the ...
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NTFS appears every time

Every time I boot my Mac, an "NTFS for Mac OS X" window appears. In the settings I can't change this. Here is the window I have El capitan 10.11.4 I found this: To resolve the issue you need ...
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'the 'grub-efi-amd64-signed' package failed to install into /target/' during Linux Mint installation on an iMac

I have a Mid 2007 iMac, I've installed rEfind on the mac and the Linux Mint (Cinnamon 17.3) installer on an USB thumb drive . rEfind sees the USB thumb drive, sees grub installed on the key, I boot ...
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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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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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How do I know if I need a new hard drive?

I just received a MacBook Pro from somebody else because it was running too slow. Booting up takes about 4 minutes. I have tried formatting the drive and reinstalling the operating system from ...
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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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Holding Down Control at Startup Manager (Boot Disk Selection) Screen

I noticed that when I hold the control key at the screen where you select a boot disk (the screen obtained from holding down option at startup), the straight arrow below the selected boot disk turns ...
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Mac Pro 2,1 updates and firmware question:will the firmware from the older work with the newer and vice versa?

I'm pursuing an alternative boot drive so i can explore a yosemite or elcapitan environment from my old mac pro 2,1 currently in the last version of snow leopard. (with legally purchased soft ware ...
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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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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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MacBook Air charging light stays amber and does not go green and machine does not boot or even chime

I have an 11" MacBook Air 6,1 from mid 2013 that I found discarded and had restored but now seems dead again. I got the machine with a broken screen backlight and missing SSD. I took it to the Genius ...
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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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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 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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Installing El Capitan from a bootable DVD

I have El Capitan on a bootable DVD. I restart my Mac and hold the option key until the disks come up and I choose EFI Boot (name of the disk is different than what it shows at the time of booting). ...
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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 ...