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Master Geek

Topic # 65193 30-Jul-2010 17:45
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Anybody know why I can't boot from a snow leopard DVD (or an older 10.4.4 DVD)? I am trying to boot from DVD to run disc utility to reformat and partition internal drive etc then restore from an external firewire time machine drive.
However, when ever I run the snow leopard util thingy that says to use this utility you need to reboot it spits the DVD out... AARRGGGHH! Even when restarting and holding the 'c' key or the option key it spits out the DVd and continues to boot from the internal. An earlier version of osx (10.4.4) does the same thing.

Dud drive? Going mad here and my high praise of apple products is waning.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 360444 30-Jul-2010 22:31
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it says you need to reboot for disc utility?


simple logic.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 360518 31-Jul-2010 08:10
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keepitwarm: it says you need to reboot for disc utility?

Yes - to get to the utilities on the Snow Leopard DVD. 

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Master Geek

  Reply # 360648 31-Jul-2010 15:02
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Problem solved (in a roundabout sort of way). I ended up making a bootable external firewire drive, booted from that then blew away the internal and restored from another external time machine backup.

Sounds complicated but was actually quite painless (as it should have been with the DVD...).

Anyway system back up and running and can now proceed to bootcamp, which is what I was trying this whole saga for anyway (bootcamp wouldn't let me partition - said I had to reformat).


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