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

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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive a Mac?

Does anyone have a Terminal command-line recipe for making a new bootable USB flash drive for one of the new MacBook Air's? Is there a way to dd copy the USB boot device that comes in the box and ...
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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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How can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?
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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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How do I create a Mac bootable USB drive using Windows?

My MBA 2012 with OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks won't boot anymore - it simply freezes after the initial jingle. I already tried resetting NVRAM and SMC, but to no avail. I don't have any time machine backups. ...
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Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install)

My MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) with AMD Radeon 6770M exhibited display corruption and associated system crashes/resets over a period of two weeks before it entirely failed to boot. The ...
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Repair disk from single user mode (fsck fails)

Earlier today my 2009 iMac emitted I/O errors trying to copy files. So I ran disk utility, verify disk to see if anything was amiss. It was. But as it's my startup disk I couldn't repair it, so I ...
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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 I dual boot Snow Leopard and Lion?

I own a Mac Mini 3.1 with Snow Leopard installed. I would like to dual boot with Lion for development purposes. I have partitioned my hardisk as described in Point (1) in this tutorial How to ...
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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 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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iMac won't boot off of Mavericks USB when downgrading from Yosemite

I made the biggest mistake of my adult life and installed Yosemite without backing up my HDD. Fortunately, I do have most of my actual files and programs saved to my external HDD, but that leads to ...
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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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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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Used boot camp for windows - cannot select partition at boot up

I'm used boot camp and created a partition for windows. It gave the usual directions to insert windows CD. I did that and follows the installation instructions. When windows started up I inserted the ...
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Ghost partition, Windows BSOD

Today I was trying to set up Windows on my MacBook Pro (15", Late 2011) over BootCamp. I used the modified Info.plist-trick to create a bootable Windows 8 USB-drive and create a Bootcamp partition. ...
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How can I change the title of a boot image?

I have an external Hard Drive with two bootable partitions on it. The first is an image of a Mac OS X 10.6 Install DVD, and the second is an image of a Mac OS X 10.6.3 Install DVD. When I plug the ...
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Can I schedule startup and shutdown with different settings for weekdays and weekends?

Everyday, I usually start my Mac Mini at 16:00 and shutdown it at 2:00 using the Energy Saver schedule settings. I would like to be able to set a different behavior on the Weekends starting Mac Mini ...
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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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What does boot.efi actually do?

I understand that when a Mac's EFI system runs, it locates the file boot.efi in the /System/Library/CoreServices/ (blessed) directory and runs this as an EFI application (subverting a large part of ...
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Mac Pro: Any way to recognize a bootable USB on startup?

I have a Mac Pro 2,1 2x6-Core Xeon@2.66 GHz and am trying to boot from several ISO images written to USB sticks. I have tried the dd-based methods as recommended by Ubuntu, with no luck. In every case ...
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My mac has 64-bit EFI, but it only boots with 32-bit kernel

I followed the guide at http://macperformanceguide.com/SnowLeopard-64bit.html to boot into 64-bit mode. I had no problems with the instructions and on the boot screen it says "PAE enabled, 64bit mode ...
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Create bootable USB drive from Linux ISO

I'd like to take a Linux ISO (e.g., CentOS, Ubuntu), and create a bootable USB drive. (It will be used for booting on a stock PC, not on the Mac). How do I go about creating such a drive using a Mac?
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How can I see the system status during boot?

I would like to monitor the messages generated when I boot my Mac, similar to what you on a *nix box. Is there key-combo to press/hold that will let me do this?
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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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Bootcamp Windows 7 installation, USB is not recognized only on bootloader

I'll abstract my question. I'm using MacPro4,1 Early 2009. And I'm trying to install Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1. (I'm using Yosemite 10.10.4, and Boot Camp Assistant is 5.1.4) My Mac has 2 HDDs, ...
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Cannot mount bootable Windows 10 drive

I am trying to make a bootable USB with the dd command since Boot Camp does not work. If I execute this command: sudo dd if=Win10.iso of=/dev/disk1 bs=1m I get a disk formatted as Universal Disk ...
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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC

What I need to archive is Create a Bootable usb drive from Windows 7 iso image using a Mac running. Use the flash drive to boot and install windows on a PC (not Mac) What I'm looking for is an app ...
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MBP boots only through single user mode

After using my MBP and shutting it down as usual, it fails to boot. If no keys are pressed during booting ( normal boot ), a progress bar will appear on the bottom side of the screen, moves slowly, ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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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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Running a command whenever Mac boots up with launchctl/plist

I need to run nohup nice synergys -f --config ~/bin/conf/synergy.conf & command whenever the computer boots up. As is written in this post, I came up with the following plist code. <?xml ...
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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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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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Is there a way to power up a Mac Mini remotely?

Is there ANY way to Power Up a Mac Mini remotely? Just to be clear, I don´t mean wake up from sleep but boot up.
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How to properly install Kali Linux on MacBook Air (dual-boot with El Capitan)

I updated to El Capitan yesterday (on MacBook Air 2014). I then decided to install Kali Linux 2.0, and boy it's been one problem after another, so far nothing has gone the way it's supposed to. ...
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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 do I fix my SSD after installing Yosemite and Enabling TRIM? No boot & can't erase

I recently upgraded to Yosemite, enabled FileVault and foolishly enabled TRIM (had no idea it wasn't supported). Upon restart, my machine gets the grey screen with the crossed-out circle of death. ...
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OS X Snow Leopard - Can't boot from HD, Target Mode or CD

Today my computer started getting really slow and freezing alot, so i rebooted. HOwever it won't boot up again, keeps getting stuck on the grey screen. Here's what i've tried: Startup in safe mode ...
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How can I boot to Safari Only (Chromebook style) in Lion?

How can I boot safari only in Mac OSX Lion Chrome OS style? I heard that there was a key that one had to hold at startup, which one is it?
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Always prompt for Boot Device on Startup?

I have a MacBook where I have to dual boot Windows and OS X. When I hold the Option Key on startup, I get the nice "Select Boot Device" screen. Is there a way to permanently enable this, so that I ...
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What can be done to fix a 2011 iMac that will not boot past the white screen?

I have now tried opening the iMac and removing the cables to the SSD, it still gets stuck on the white screen. I tried again, removing the cables to the HDD as well and the same thing occurs. No idea ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use 16 GB RAM with my MacBook Pro 7,1?

I just picked up 16GB of RAM for my MacBook Pro, running the newest OS X. According to the NewEgg reviews, it should work in it. However, once I boot up, it shows the Apple logo and, after a few ...
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Understanding how safe boot fixed a boot problem

Background My friend asked me to look at her early 2011 Mac Mini with OS X 10.8.3. She said that: she installed software updates she couldn't remember which updates were installed when the Mac ...
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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 ...