CompanyLogo
Search Advanced Search
Categories
General Questions (53)
Studio Series (20)
Evolution Series (27)
G-DRIVE Family (41)
G-RAID Family (51)
G-SPEED/G-SAFE Family (52)
G-CONNECT (53)
G-MINI (16)
G-SATA (15)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
How do I make my G-Technology drive bootable ?

All hard drives can be made bootable if the following is taken in to consideration.
 
First, your hard drive has to have a Firewire port. Booting on a Mac using the usb is not supported.
 
Second, you have to know what kind of computer you have. For example, PowerPC such as a G3,G4,G5 or an Intel based such as a MacPro, MacBookPro, Macbooks, iMac’s or Mac Mini’s with Intel Core Duo processors.
 
If you have a Power PC then you have to make sure that your hard drive is using the Apple Partition Map. Power PC computers can only boot if the drive connected is formatted as an Apple Partition Map and if it contains an operating system such as Mac OS X (Panther, Tiger, Leopard)
 
Use the following steps to find out what format your external drive was originally set up as.
 
1. Using your keyboard press the following three keys:
 
Shift – Command (Open Apple) and the letter “A” to access your applications folder 
 
2. Scroll down and double click on the folder titled “Utilities”
 
3. Select the Disk Utility Application and double click to launch it.



4. Select the icon associated to the capacity of your G-Technology Drive



5. Now, to tell if your drive was formatted from Apple Partition Map. If it was, you would see the following…



6. If your drive was formatted as GUID you would see the following.



7. If you need to format your drive as GUID or APM you can do so by accessing the options tab under the Partition section.



8. If you selected the correct option then you should see the following screen.



9. Select the appropriate partition scheme for your system. Click on OK to confirm the selection then click on partition to format your drive. ( Please note: by doing so you will loose all information which may be contained on the drive. So please back up any important information two at least two places.)
 
10. After your drive is set up correctly then you can use Super Duper to clone your computers drive to the external drive to use it as a boot up drive. Or, you can always install a new operating system on it.


Print  Email  Save  Notify Me  Add to Favorites 
Article ID: 7 Article Created: 08-06-2009 21:50 PMLast Modified: 07-31-2013 13:41 PM

How well did this article answer your question? 100% 75% 50% 25% 0%

Most Recently Viewed Articles
My G-Technology drive is spinning down after a period of time
This is often due to the operating system putting the drives to sleep. If you do not want the drives to spin down, you will need to turn off the sleep settings in your associated operating system. ...
What brand of Hard Drive is inside my G-Technology drive?
G-Technology is exclusively using HGST brand hard drives in all products.  ...
Streaming Video on your G-CONNECT
Due to the well-documented complexity in video formatting, there may be unique combinations of encoding, settings and file formats which may not play via the G-CONNECT iPad application....
My drive was working; it powers up but I can’t seem to access it?
 Mac and Windows external drive troubleshooting....
What is the recommended length of cable I can use with my G-SPEED eS?
We recommend no longer then a 1.5M ( 4.5 feet)  eSATA cable....
External Drive Troubleshooting - Windows
Basic External Drive Troubleshooting steps for Windows. ...
What RAID settings does G-RAID ship in?
The G-RAID ships in a RAID 0 (Stripe) configuration allowing for increased performance....
How do I setup my drive for use as a Time Machine backup?
In most cases when a new drive is connected to the system Time Machine will prompt you for the setup. If this does not   happen or if you are... ...
External Drive Troubleshooting - Mac
Basic steps for troubleshooting your G-Technology external drive on the Mac...
How do I restore the look of my drive icon after I've formatted my G-Technology drive on the Mac?
 Follow these instructions to restore the look of your G-Technology drive icons after formatting on Mac....