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Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac Apps
I've found that my brand new 12" PowerBook will not boot from Alsoft's Disk Warrior 3.0.2 CD. Apparently, the problem has something to do with incompatibilities with new Apple hardware. Here's a quick fix (you'll need another Mac with Firewire for this one).

Plug the PowerBook into any other Mac via FireWire. Boot the other Mac first, then boot the PowerBook while holding down the "T" key. This will boot the Powerbook into Firewire Target Disk Mode, and the PowerBook's hard drive will mount on the other Mac as if it was an external FireWire drive. Insert the Disk Warrior CD, launch Disk Warrior, choose the PowerBook's hard drive, and rebuild! Questions? Comments? Can anyone think of an easier way?
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Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
Authored by: tetsuotheironman on Nov 30, '04 10:52:09AM

you could just install Diskwarrior on to other computer and target mode to it..Diskwarrior doesn't have to be always be booted from disk..



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Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
Authored by: JazzDude on Nov 30, '04 11:54:40AM

This is the way I've been doing it for years. OS X CDs boot much too slow....



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Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
Authored by: haumann on Nov 30, '04 01:49:48PM

Disk Warrior can be used over Ethernet, as well. No need to restart in Target Disk mode if the the disk can be mounted on your network.



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Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
Authored by: _merlin on Dec 01, '04 06:10:03PM

That won't work. DiskWarrior needs access to the partition itself, not just the file system. Through FireWire target disk mo[[de, DiskWarrior has direct access to the disk. Mountin g over Ethernet just gives high-level file system access.



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Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
Authored by: sjk on Nov 30, '04 12:06:45PM
I used BootCD to create bootable OS X CD disk images, with DiskWarrier copied to them, for an eMac and iMac G5. As expected, using those "Emergency Boot CD"s is much slower than booting from the DiskWarrier CD but successfully allows me to:

  • Run DW from CD on the eMac now that the DW 3.0.2 CD causes a mysterious kernel panic during boot (till isolating its cause)
  • Run DW from CD on the iMac without needing an updated CD from Alsoft (waiting for one that's Tiger-compatible)
  • Run DW when booting in target mode or from a FireWire volume is inconvenient or impossible


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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: lamont_ancient on Dec 02, '04 06:44:37PM

    This seemed like a good idea - I created a BootCD with Diskwarrior on it and started up from it and ran the program. All went well until the end when I got an alert "System extension cannot be used....DiskWarriorPreview.kext...cannot replace the directory".



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    DiskWarrior & BootCD
    Authored by: sjk on Dec 03, '04 02:10:38PM
    I've noticed this warning in the console log when DiskWarrior is started from a regular hard drive:

    rm: /System/Library/Extensions/DiskWarriorATADriver.kext: No such file or directory

    Haven't ever seen one for the DiskWarriorPreview kernel extension and don't know what's triggering it when run from your BootCD disk. Web search doesn't find anything; maybe ask Alsoft about it?

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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: jelockwood on Nov 30, '04 12:20:21PM

    You don't even need a second Mac.

    Just keep a pocket FireWire drive around loaded up with the latest Mac OS X and Disk Warrior. All you then need to do is hold down the Option (Alt in Windows speak) key when you turn the computer on and you can select it to boot from. You can then run Disk Warrior from the pocket disk.

    You could even use an iPod!

    I must admit however on occasion I have used Target disk mode myself instead.



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: Hart on Nov 30, '04 12:33:26PM

    A slight variation:
    I use Carbon Copy Cloner as a backup application, backing up to different partitions on an external FireWire drive. Because I back up my whole drive, any recent backup (I rotate among four) can be used as a startup disk. I keep the latest DiskWarrior on my main drive, so it's also on any backup partition.

    When DiskWarrior was updated, the update was free but a new CD seemed expensive. So when I need to use DW, I just restart from one of my backups and run DW from there.



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: mswendipaint on Mar 29, '06 11:25:11PM

    How do I install os x onto an external firewire drive, preferably without wiping the contents of that drive? I'm running 10.3.9 and have been trying to make a bootable startup device with which to run Disk Warrior, for example. Preventative medicine. I've been using macs since 1988 (used to be the most savvy of the bunch), but fell asleep during the switch to os x and am now working to catch up. Urgh. Thanks ....



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    I submitted this hint 10 months ago
    Authored by: dtrevas on Nov 30, '04 12:49:50PM

    Sure, it's a nice solution, but look back to Feb 5, 04.



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: PowerBookman on Nov 30, '04 02:21:38PM

    Guys, there is a new revision of DiskWarrior 3.0.2 that boots new machines.

    PowerBookman



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: jmlv2 on Nov 30, '04 03:42:17PM

    An even better way is to use BootCD (http://www.charlessoft.com/) to create a bootable CD which contains Diskwarrior.



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: sjk on Dec 01, '04 03:02:36AM

    As I wrote earlier.



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: ricksirow on Dec 01, '04 11:08:32AM

    If you have a copy of Techtool 4 which allows you to create an eDrive, you can put a copy of DiscWarrior on the eDrive, use Techtool to start with the eDrive and run DiscWarrior from there.

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    Rick Sirow



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    Use this Method to install OS X on a computer with a broken CD/DVD Drive
    Authored by: stev0621 on Dec 01, '04 02:27:26PM

    You can also use this method to install OS X on a machine with a bad CD/DVD drive. I had a slot loading iMac that I wanted to upgrade to 10.3, but the CD drive would only read certain discs; mainly audio CD's. Not being able to boot from the internal CD drive I hooked the CRT iMac up to a newer iMac G4 via firewire and booted it into target disc mode. This allowed me to run the installer off from the iMac G4 but install it on the iMac G3.

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    "God set definite bounds on man's wisdom,
    but put no limits on his stupidity."



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    Use Disk Warrior on a 'too new for CD boot' Mac
    Authored by: dprb on Jul 27, '06 04:46:18AM

    Just upgrade to v3.0.3 Rev 39. Small fee to Alsoft. Will boot all.



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