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

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Stop sign when booting from internal ssd, boot goes fine if the ssd is in external case

sorry for the long post and my english. I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro 13 which I purchased in july 2011 and it worked fine until one week ago. Since when I bought it i replaced the stock hdd with ...
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OS X Architectural/Dual-Booting Question

I have been doing a fair bit of dual booting lately, and I am trying to reason about why one must put the boot on a usb. Couldn't one technically allocate a region of internal hard-drive space, say ...
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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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iMac won't boot to internal drive, usb sticks - Apple hardware test extended fine

My iMac is being very odd. It won't boot using the internal hard drive. It chimes, starts the Yosemite progress bar and then changes and looks as if it is about to show me the login screen but then it ...
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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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OSX Froze, Fails to Boot in any Configuration

In the middle of working like a charm, my MBP locked up. After a bit, I did a hard power off. Here's the timeline since then Reboot. Got to user screen just fine, logged in. Applications all started ...
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How to use Boot Camp Assistant to create a dual OS X, Ubuntu system?

I would like to use Boot Camp Assistant to partition my HD, reserving around 30 GB for Ubuntu. I would then have a dual OS X Yosemite and Ubuntu Linux system. This used to be fairly easy. Boot Camp ...
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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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MacBook Pro refuses to boot/recover, hangs at “white screen”

I am somewhat new to caring for Macs, but one has been left in my care and I have not been able to restore it to working order yet. Here are the symptoms: The MacBook Pro would hang with a "white ...
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MacBook Pro keeps returning to login screen

I can login to safe boot without issue. I created a new admin account through safe boot, but upon first full login into this new account, the same behaviour as in the title showed up instantly. I ...
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MacBook Pro flashing question mark but I can't repair because hard disk not found in disk utility

Today my MacBook showed up some wheel of death and I waited and waited and then after a long time (10 minutes) decide to force shutdown. Ok, I know its not a good idea but I've done this before and ...
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How to boot Linux from Mac using rEFInd

I have successfully installed rEFInd on my MacBook Pro 2015 so I can boot into Linux however I cannot seem to boot into it. Here are my issues (both with Ubuntu 64x Mac CD and Kali Linux 64x USB). ...
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iMac 27 inch - 2013 not booting - Black Screen

My iMac 27" will not boot up. Chime does not play and the device does not power up, and shows no white screen. Only a black screen with no boot up sounds. If I hold the power button for long enough ...
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Cannot boot to OS X using rEFInd

I have installed rEFInd 0.8.7 on my 2015 13" MBP onto another partition however it does not detect OS X. Here are my disk partitions: /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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Macbook Pro not detecting bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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How to check which parts of a dead MacBook Pro 17" Mid 2010 work

Mac was water damaged. No start up chime. Charger shows green light dimmer than when plugged in to working Macs when plugged. Battery status button on side has no effect. Won't start in safe, target ...
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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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rEFInd keeps deleting itself

It has been some time since I have downloaded rEFInd. It was fine ever since, though later, it did start acting strange. For example, the resolution of the rEFInd window was absolutely wrong. Though ...
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Unable to reach Startup Manager or any boot options on OSX Leopard

I have 5 year old 17" MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard that, without any warning, is suddenly unable to locate its startup disk. I've tried every possible boot key combo, but only zapping NVRAM works, ...
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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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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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os x boot volume

was hoping someone might be able to help me figure this out when i run the cmd "systemsetup -getstartupdisk" the output is "/Volumes/13/WINNT" My hard drive setup is a gpt schema with three ...
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Can't open my iPad mini

I shutdown my iPad and left it for a while. Now I want to start it again and I can't open it. I've used the sleep/awake button, also use that with the home button but I can't open it at all. It sits ...
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Installation of Yosemite is interrupted by a white screen at ⅓ of progress bar

The loading of the installation from a Yosemite USB installer drive is interrupted by a blank screen about ⅓ into the progress bar. The same USB drive works on another (older) MacBook Pro. The ...
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MacBook Pro 13" 2011 not booting — question mark folder

My MacBook Pro is not booting. It only shows me a question mark folder. If I try to manually boot, it doesn't give me any options than to go into recovery. And if I go into recovery and then disk ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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Boot Android from USB on Mac. Has anyone tried it yet?

I'm interested in creating a bootable usb working on Mac, with Android x86 on it. I tried a couple of methods without any results. Well, maybe a bad one as I said in my other question (if you could be ...
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4SNS TCBC - Which Mac Pro sensor is that?

Briefly my Mac Pro (4,1 Early 2009 ) stopped booting which I eventually traced to the plastic clip holding the north bridge down failing. Seems to be a common issue. Replaced the clips and now it ...
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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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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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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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Can I stop my Macbook Pro booting into Windows automatically?

I've got my Macbook Pro (early 2015) set up with Boot Camp. Normally, when I switch it on, OS X starts. But I can press Alt/Option to get the boot menu, and select Boot Camp Windows from there. Once ...
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Macbookpro can't recognize bootable usb at boot time?

I have an old macbookpro: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2 Processor Name: Intel Core i5 Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz Boot ROM Version: MBP61.0057.B0F I created a ...
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How to backup, restore and erase OS X GPT using dd under Linux?

How does one backup, restore and erase OS X GPT using dd under Linux like it's shown in Archlinux Wiki using the MBR analogue: To backup the MBR: # dd if=/dev/sda of=/path/mbr-backup bs=512 count=1 ...
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Stop xcode opening file on startup

I cloned my hard drive onto an SSD using SuperDuper. Now when I boot using the SSD, xcode opens an obscure source code file living in /opt (always the same file). I've tried quitting xcode, restart ...
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How to replace internal HDD with SSD in Mac Mini?

I'm a complete nube to Mac (bought Mac Mini 10/Apr/15). So far I have cloned OSX from Internal HDD to USB SSD which is to become my Boot Disk. The HDD is solely to hold a recovery partition, and Data ...
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rEFIt boot changed after update to Yosemite

I was using rEFIt to work with Ubuntu with my Mac. After the upgrade to Yosemite I had a problem with rEFIt. I found the following solution on ubuntuforums.org but rEFIt still didn't work: cd ...
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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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MacPro: Flashing world logo, can't go into any mode, incorrect password types itself

When I turned on my mac this morning, the world logo flashed and then took ages to boot up and finally when my logon screen came up. An extremely long password started typing itself out. I deleted ...
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another ...
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Booting from USB to install Windows 7 on Macbook Pro, Early 2011

I used Bootcamp (5.0) to create a Windows 7 install USB. It successfully created the install USB but when I reboot the system and hold down the option-key to boot from the USB drive, the boot-loader ...
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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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What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”?

My Mac Book Pro 13.-" doesn´t get past the grey booting screen with the apple and the spinning wheel (The loading bar appears but when it´s done nothing happens) I have 220 GB in one single ...
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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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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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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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Cannot boot Mac Mini with striped RAID 0 set

Today we could not get one of our machines running with 10.9 and RAID 0 which stripes the data on the boot volume. After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc, we've ...
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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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Mac Mini can't unmount disk in Recovery Mode

I need to wipe my Mac Mini and reinstall OS X. Booting into recovery mode (holding command+option+R), I try to erase the disk in Disk Utility but it says it cannot unmount the disk or gets stuck on ...
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Cannot boot Mac OS X Yosemite due to libJPEG.dylib

My Macbook Air 2014 does not boot to login and it freezes. This picture below is captured in verbose mode (from Command+V). I have no idea how to solve this. What I did before this happen is ...