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Install Windows 7 on external drive and boot it from a Mac

I want to install Windows 7 on an external hard drive, and boot from it when needed. Is this possible on a Mac? I have heard from some sources that it is not possible to boot Windows from external ...
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Can the contents of a partition be recovered after partition table is overwritten?

I ran a command to make my external hdd bootable knowing that it was risky considering the command itself did not allow me to specify a partition to which to write. (In hindsight, I would now call ...
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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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Error while creating OS X Mavericks bootable USB

I am running on OS X Mavericks GM and now that Mavericks has finally released, I downloaded it from App Store. I wanted to make a bootable USB of it so I followed This Tutorial but when I tried to run ...
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How to create a USB installer for Multiple OS on an OSX system?

I would like to be able to create a disk image (that I can transfer via Disk Utility.app to a large USB storage thumb drive) which is a multiboot installer for provisioning various operating systems ...
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How can I boot my MacBook Pro from a DVD to update my SSD firmware

I have a MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 (mid-2011 model) running OS X 10.8.2. I upgraded to an SSD which I bought from Crucial and works just great. Crucial sent an email recommending I upgrade ...
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No bootable device USB 2.0 MacBook Pro mid 2014

I've been tearing my hair out the last couple days trying to get Windows installed. I have a MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch mid 2014. Yosemite version 10.10.1. Win 7 64 bit iso (sha1 - ...
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Issues creating Bootable USB for EL Capitan Public beta

I'm trying to follow tutorial over at: http://osxdaily.com/2015/06/11/make-bootable-os-x-el-capitan-beta-install-usb-drive/ to create bootable usb for El Capitan Public Beta, however after completion ...
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How to make a Mac harddrive partition non bootable

Just recently added an SSD drive replacing the optical drive. Carbon Copy the whole partition and now left with 2 bootable drives. How do I make the old partition no longer bootable? I've changed the ...
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Set up flash drive with multiple OS X Installers

Working in a tech shop, and being an Apple fan, I deal with ALL the Apple-related products. I'm seeing products from 10.4 to 10.7, and I have made a bootable flash drive from 10.6 (since it's the most ...
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How can I make my very own OS X Lion Install DVD/USB Stick?

I bought new MBP some days ago and it came with the lion installed on it. Now I am curious can I make an OS X Lion Bootable Disk? I read some tutorial to make an OS X bootable Disk if you download it ...
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How do I boot from a Windows USB with a Mac?

I'm trying to get my Mac to boot from a USB flash drive. I know the drive works and is bootable, because it works with my friend's Windows PC. Specifically, I was running Windows 7 on my Mac to ...
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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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Will bootable usb created by bootcamp on mac work with PC?

I need to make a bootable usb with windows 8 files on it, I can't think of easier option than creating it via help of bootcamp, but Will it work for pc (I want to install files on my pc)?
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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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How to make a bootable USB key from an .iso image on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make a bootable USB flash drive for a MacBook Air? How to make a bootable USB key from any .iso image on Mac OS X?
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What is the real working method of making a bootable usb drive?

Always when I need to make a bootable usb drive on a mac I struggle, I end up switching to windows because none of the below works for me, I'm using MacBook Pro: running sudo dd if=Debian.is of=/dev/...
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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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Is it possible to boot backtrack from usb on a macbook pro?

I would like to boot BackTrack on my MacBook Pro from a USB drive but it seems impossible. I'm holding the Alt key on boot, but the mac only displays "Macintosh HD", i.e. it doesn't recognize my USB. ...
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Make a bootable Lion disk for fresh start

I just bought a used MacBook Pro from a friend. He left the OS discs in Iraq so he did not have them to give to me. The laptop is currently running 10.6.8. I would like to start with a fresh install. ...
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Installing windows on Mac won't recognize USB [duplicate]

I am trying to install windows as a boot camp partition on my main hard drive ssd (after spending countless hours trying to get it installed on the optical bay hard drive). I assumed this would be ...
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How do I burn a bootable CD from a .toast file?

I bought a used G3 couple of days ago and I want to reinstall Mac OS 9. I got the OS in .toast format. Any knows how I make that into bootable CD? Just burning with Disk Utility didn't work, although ...
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MacBookPro8,2 early 2011 boots into safe mode but not to recovery mode (even with USB)

I have a MacBook Pro early 2011 that will only boot into safe mode, trying anything besides single user results in a crash or hangs with a white screen, can't even boot from an El Capitan USB, current ...
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How to create a Mac bootable gparted or Parted Magic thumb drive?

Is it possible to create a Mac-bootable thumb drive containing gparted or Parted Magic without installing a full Linux distribution? I tried several methods like unetbootin (some blogs suggest this ...
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Failed to make bootable USB drive and now I can't even format it

I want to do a fresh install of Yosemite and I got a brand new 8GB flash drive and I followed this tutorial. I formatted the USB drive and was copying the Yosemite installer, however I got the ...
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Install knoppix on usb with disk utility?

I have downloaded the linux distro knoppix. I have snow leopard and i want to make a bootable usb with the above distro with the disk utility. I put the source to be the iso of the distro and ...
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Creating bootable USB for OS X Leopard

I need to re-install OS X Leopard on a computer that has broken DVD Drive. Also I don't have firewire cable. So I created a .dmg file from the install disc and then copy that on a usb drive using ...
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OS X 10.11 GM Candidate 1 left my Mac unable to boot

I tried to install the OS X 10.11 GM to my 2012 Macbook Air, and it crashed during the install. I tried to go into recovery mode to reinstall OS X, but once I put in my Wifi password and press the ...
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OS X Mavericks: InstallESD.dmg and BaseSystem.dmg [duplicate]

I would like to make a bootable DMG or ISO file with OS X Mavericks on it. I want to then burn this file to a DVD-ROM (or, alternatively, make a bootable USB stick with it). From what I've read, ...
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How to make a bootable USB drive from Install OS X El Capitan.app? [duplicate]

I wish to upgrade from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to anything higher. Disk Utilities repair says the disk needs to be repaired. So, I need to boot onto something other than the boot drive to run disk ...
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Making a bootable USB Drive from an .iso

I have a copy of the Windows XP install disk on my computer in the form of an .iso. I'm trying to install it to a partition using a bootable USB. I need to be able to make a bootable USB under Lion. ...
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Is the Lion USB drive purchased from Apple bootable?

I am helping my in-laws install Lion this weekend. They have purchased the Lion USB upgrade, but are only running Tiger on their Mac. Is the Lion USB bootable so I can do a clean install rather than ...
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How to make a bootable disc in Yosemite?

Many searches and tutorials all showed that if you drop an .iso file in Disc Utility and go to Burn it will make a bootable disc but when I do it in Yosemite it will burn a copy of the .iso file. How ...
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Make and create Live USB Linux for Mac? How?

I'm wanting to create a live usb linux so I can easily access it everytime when I need it without taking up any space. But with other sources, they say to rEFInd and I did so, however when restarting ...
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How can I back up my OSX 10.6 Installation DVD and create a bootable USB drive?

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2009, It came with two DVDs: Application Install DVD and OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Installation DVD. Since DVDs have a short life, I want to back up these two DVDs (Especially ...
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10.5.7 Recovery Disk

I've got a mid-2009 MB Pro that I'm setting up to run some tests. I've got Lion and Snow Leopard partitions up and running, but struggling with Leopard. The initial OS with mid-2009 MB Pros is 10.5....
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Creating partition on USB drive

I have been following directions to create a bootable USB drive from here: http://borgstrom.ca/2010/10/14/os-x-bootable-usb.html Here is the relevant screenshot: However for my case on the USB ...
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Remove everything from Mac and reinstall OS X

Is it possible to delete everything from my Mac and then install OS X from a bootable USB? I don't why but somehow AudioAUUC extension was modified a few months ago and my sound isn't working since ...
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Boot on USB from a previous version of OSX

I own a mid-2013 Macbook Air running Mavericks and wish to boot on a USB stick containing a bootable version of DiskWarrior. The problem is DiskWarrior wasn't updated for quite some time and, though ...
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How to create a bootable USB for Mac OS X Server 3.0.2?

I have the latest version of OS X Server (Version 3.0.2) downloaded of the App Store and basically I want to create a bootable USB for the installer. However, looking at it, I'm not able to find the ...
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How to make a bootable disk from an image with Toast?

I read contradictory informations, some say it's possible, some say it's not and Apple's Disk Utility is required. I prefer to use Roxio Toast for its multi-purpose but I don't want to waste blank ...
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How To Create A Bootable USB Installer for Windows, Linux and OSX?

How can I use my 120GB USB Drive as an ultimate IT tool? I want to have the following ISOs partitioned off and accessible through a bootloader (any): Windows 5,6,7,8,10 OSX 10.6,7,8,9,10 GParted (...
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How to create linux USB discs that do work on Apple Macs?

It seems that there are several problems releated to incompatibilities between Apple-EFI and UEFI that do prevent Apple users from easily using USB drives to install or even run other operating ...
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Image files made with Disk Utility creates parent folder

I'm using OS X 10.5.8., updated from 10.5.2. which I installed from the two installation DVDs that came with my MB404 MacBook. I recently found my original 10.5.2. installation DVDs, which I thought ...
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Do I need to make my Windows 8 install disk bootable when using boot camp?

I have the Windows 8 consumer preview .iso which I plan to copy to a DVD to use with Boot Camp. Though my question is - when I burn the image to the disk, will I need to make the disk bootable to use ...
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Repair disk on Snow Leopard using a bootable USB, in order to upgrade to Lion

[Mid-2010 MacBook Pro running the latest version of Snow Leopard] I read in many places that you should always do a "Verify Disk" in Disk Utility and resolve any errors before upgrading to Lion. I ...
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Is it possible to encrypt the boot disk in El Capitan?

On my iMac running OS X 10.11.3 I'd like to encrypt as much as possible of the built-in disk -- like that I don't need to worry about replacing/sending in a broken disk. From a casual few web ...
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Macbook Lion Recovery Disk Utilities cannot detect newly installed SSD

I just installed the SSD and I cannot detect the SSD in Disk Utilities of the recovery disk. Even trying to restore from time machine backup it cannot find any disk it can restore to. I am restoring ...
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What is the partition size needed for The Mavericks install disk?

I will setup a USB key to install Mavericks. I would like to know the needed size of the partition to install Mavericks.
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How to install Snow Leopard from USB where USB disk is prepared using Linux?

I'm trying to install Snow Leopard (a retail version) into my MacBook, but seems like that the MacBook can't find the boot disk over USB. I guess this is related to the fact that I mounted the .iso ...