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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility System 10.4
I think this is an issue with Intel Macs, but it may be all Macs with a 10.4 Installer DVD. Apple has a support document, Unable to drag and drop in Disk Utility while started from install DVD, that explains a bug in Disk Utility found on some 10.4 Install DVDs (including my MacBook Pro's). I ran into this when my hard drive failed, and I needed to clone it to send it off to Apple for replacment -- and now again that I want to upgrade to a new 200Gb 7200/16Mb internal hard drive.

There is a workaround beyond those provided by Apple, assuming your internal hard drive has Disk Utility on it, it's in the normal place, and you are willing to use Terminal. After you boot from the Installer DVD, and are on the first installer screen (just past the language screen), go to the Utilities menu and choose Terminal. In Terminal, type:
cd "/Volumes/YourInternalHD/Applications/Utilities/
Disk Utility.app/Contents/MacOS/"
Replace YourInternalHD with the actual name of your internal hard drive. Press Return, then type:
./Disk Utility
That's it. Disk Utility will launch off of your internal hard drive, and now you can drag within the Restore portion of the program.

[robg adds: I broke the cd line into two for a narrower display. One easy way to get to that directory is to type cd "/Vol[Tab], then type a few letters of your hard drive's name, hit Tab again, type App and hit Tab, etc. Terminal will auto-complete and add the slashes for each directory.]
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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: ghay on Sep 13, '07 08:09:59AM

Of course, this is just using the terminal to open the application, so you can substitute the two lines with just one :

open /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app/Contents/MacOS/Disk\ Utility.app

Note : My disk is called "Macintosh HD" if you need to add a space you must put a slash before it (\ ).

The open command does various things, but in this case will launch the application specified.



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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: rspeed on Sep 13, '07 08:44:47AM
You can open Disk Utility with an even shorter command, actually.
open /Volumes/Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app
If you don't mind opening the copy from drive you're booted from (so not applicable in this case), this syntax is even shorter.
open -b com.apple.diskutility


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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: 6GTXEK on Sep 13, '07 08:47:09AM

Alternately, you can just go to the restore tab and then control or right-click on the drives on the left and choose to set as source and destination from the context menu.



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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: wsdr on Sep 13, '07 04:38:40PM

Using the control or right-click trick doesn't work-- this is not an option. Maybe you have a different version of Disk Utility, but in the ones that have the problem, all you get as options when right-clicking the volumes (while on the Restore tab) is "Information, First Aid, Erase, RAID and Restore." If you choose Restore, you get a pop-up window that also won't let you drag, and gives you not other tools to resolve the problem.

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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: wallybear on Sep 14, '07 08:34:07AM

From time to time I noticed the same issue with the Disk Utility application installed on hard disk during normal use (not starting from CD). After some operation (typically an initialization), the drag & drop od drives in Restore fields did not work. The fix was to quit and relaunch Disk Utility.
So I can suppose (I didn't try by myself) that launching from terminal (or simply more than once) the Disk Utility on System CD could solve the problem. Did someone tried this?



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Use ASR command in Terminal
Authored by: rbsandkam on Sep 14, '07 09:19:57PM

Just so you know, this is only a problem with Disk Utility on bundled System Discs or retail OS install discs prior to 10.4.6.
Any bundled System Discs or retail OS install discs with 10.4.6 or later should work fine with the drag and drop method.

For those of you with discs prior to 10.4.6, read on:

If you are going to get down and dirty with the Terminal, you might as well just use the ASR command to perform your Restore.

Boot from the System Disc
Select Utilites -> Terminal
Enter:

asr restore --source /Volumes/<source name> --target /Volumes/<target name>

If your volume name has spaces, then do not forget to use a backslash before the space.

Also, if both Volumes are named "Macintosh HD", then it will be hard to know which one is source and which one is target. The system actually accounts for this and names one of them something like "Macintosh HD 1", and you can find this information in the Mount Point field of Disk Utility, but it is much easier to just name your target something simple, like "target". You can always rename it when you are done with the restore.



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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: Muriac on Sep 28, '07 05:19:15AM

I just encountered this problem with my MacBook1,1. None of the methods involving the version of Disk Utility from the hard drive worked. Perhaps this is because that version was from a fresh install, and presumably the same as the one running off the disc. The Apple-supplied methods were useless because I don't have a Firewire drive or another Mac.

Anyway, asr worked (or at least I assume it's working; there is no progress indicator).



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10.4: Recover from a dragging issue in Disk Utility
Authored by: Muriac on Sep 28, '07 05:58:45AM

Update: the above command did not work (maybe the lack of progress indicators should have tipped me off), but it seems to be working now that I've added the --erase parameter.



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