[rescue] Mac Disk bootable

Acheron velocityengine at gmail.com
Fri May 23 07:52:29 CDT 2008

Don't you have to bless the disk, or am I thinking of the pre-OS X days?

Which machine is it specifically? Sawtooth, Quicksilver, MDD? Macs have  
all sorts of voodoo to perform when they misbehave...

On Fri, 23 May 2008 07:44:34 -0500, Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:

> What makes a Mac disk bootable?  I have a SATA WD800 that has been my  
> system disk for quite some time, but it seems to have a damaged file  
> system[0].  I'm trying to use carboncopycloner to copy the contents to a  
> Apple labeled WD1600 SATA drive.  CCC says it was successful, but then  
> the machine refuses to boot from the new drive when I disconnect the old  
> one.
> As these are SATA drives, I don't have a firewire case to try booting  
> externally from.
> Are there any utilities on the install DVD that might help?
> This is a Tiger machine, BTW.  10.4.11 to be exact.
> Also, for a bit of background, the machine had started acting like it  
> had a failing disk a few weeks ago (IO errors in dmesg), but when I  
> tried moving it to a USB cable to rescue files, it operated perfectly.   
> Then, as a last ditch effort, I let it upgrade from 10.4.10 to 10.4.11,  
> and that made the disk mostly start behaving, except for the troubles  
> I'm now having.  However, it certainly is no longer griping in dmesg.
> [0]  I'm having two problems, which I'm hoping are connected.  First,  
> there are 3 directories that I can't delete.  Finder and rmdir both say  
> the directories aren't empty, but ls -al says they are empty.  Second,  
> there are three errors on the disk that disk can't correct in the  
> extents overflow file.  Third, the machine says that the disk is full so  
> it can't page anything more from memory, so what program do I want to  
> kill?  However, the disk is only half full, and I've been keeping  
> Activity Monitor open, and it says that there is 250-300 megs of  
> inactive pages, so it isn't really out of memory even.  BTW, I don't  
> know if this is an anomaly, but Activity Monitor often says that my VM  
> size exceeds 12 gigs.
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