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Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

Video: Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference

As its name suggests, the Startup Disk System Preference is where you tell your Mac which disk to boot from. Many of you will just have the one disk, for example, our disk right here and this is a Startup Disk that we currently use. And if that's the case that's fine but others may have other options, for example a bootable DVD as we have here, this is our Leopard install disk and you can't boot from it and that's why it appears in the Startup Disk System Preference. You might also find one from utility such as Alsoft DiskWarrior that is capable of booting your Mac.

Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference

As its name suggests, the Startup Disk System Preference is where you tell your Mac which disk to boot from. Many of you will just have the one disk, for example, our disk right here and this is a Startup Disk that we currently use. And if that's the case that's fine but others may have other options, for example a bootable DVD as we have here, this is our Leopard install disk and you can't boot from it and that's why it appears in the Startup Disk System Preference. You might also find one from utility such as Alsoft DiskWarrior that is capable of booting your Mac.

You might see a bootable partition on your startup drive or an additional hard drive that has a bootable version of OS X on it. For example if we have installed OS X on our Macintosh HD2, it too would appear among the selection of startup drives. You could see a Windows volume if you have installed boot camp and you might also see a net boot volume if you have a OS server running on your network. In such cases, the details that we will leave to the OS X server title published by Lynda.com, you would select a network system item and click Restart.

To change to a different bootable volume, you just select that volume and you press Restart, so if I want to start from the DVD, I select it, I click Restart and that is the volume that the Mac will boot from. I don't care to do that right now, however. Optionally, you can boot from any volume and when the Mac starts up, hold down the Option key, in the resulting window choose the volume you want to start from and then click the right-arrow to proceed with booting. When you start up this way, note that the next time you start up, the Mac will use the setting you choose in the Startup Disk System Preference rather than the volume you chose when you held down the Option key.

Now when you see Windows on X, where X is the name of a volume, it means you have installed Boot Camp. This is Apple's technology for running windows natively on an Intel Mac. When you select this and click Restart, you will be running Windows exactly like you are running it on a Windows PC. It's running natively. And I will talk about Boot Camp in a separate lesson, finally there is Target Disk Mode, click that button and you will be asked if you would like to restart your computer in Target Disk Mode, we don't want to, I will cancel that, but I will explain what this is for.

Each Mac has the ability to act like an external hard drive to another Mac connected to it by a FireWire cable. This is called FireWire Target Disk Mode. It works this way: you string a FireWire cable between one Mac and the other. On the Mac that you would like to appear is a hard drive, go to the Startup Disk System Preference and click that Target Disk Mode button that I just showed you. When the Mac restarts, it will display a FireWire symbol that bounces around on a dark background on your Mac screen. That Mac Startup Volume will look here as an external hard drive on the other Mac's desktop.

When the Mac is not at that way, the Mac connected to it has full access to the contents of that drive. Any other partitions on that drive or drives attached to that Mac will not appear just the startup volume. You can also do this the old fashioned way and that old fashioned way is to connect the two computers via a FireWire cable and restart the one that you would like to appear as an external drive by holding down the T key on that Mac. This throws that Mac into FireWire Target Disk Mode. So FireWire Target Disk Mode, selecting other volumes, click Restart and there you have the Startup Disk System Preference.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 34s
    1. Welcome
      2m 34s
  2. 7m 20s
    1. Getting settled into the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Moving more quickly on your Mac
      3m 33s
  3. 18m 44s
    1. Changing languages with the International system preference
      7m 28s
    2. Adding security with the Security system preference
      5m 30s
    3. Configuring a firewall with the Security system preference
      5m 46s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Adding a Bluetooth device with the Bluetooth system preference
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring your display with the Displays system preference
      6m 46s
    3. Configuring your input devices with the Keyboard & Mouse system preference
      5m 43s
    4. Printing and faxing with the Print & Fax system preference
      8m 15s
    5. Setting the Sound system preference
      3m 36s
  5. 35m 18s
    1. Setting up your MobileMe account with the system preference pane
      8m 36s
    2. Configuring your network connection with the Network system preference
      15m 46s
    3. Sharing your computer with the Sharing system preference
      10m 56s
  6. 41m 33s
    1. Understanding the Accounts system preference
      5m 46s
    2. Creating a new account with the Accounts system preference
      5m 31s
    3. Limiting access with the Parental Controls system preference
      10m 18s
    4. Updating your Mac with the Software Update system preference
      3m 54s
    5. Using Speech
      4m 19s
    6. Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference
      3m 17s
    7. The Universal Access system preference: The basics
      5m 44s
    8. The Universal Access system preference: VoiceOver
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 14s
    1. Tweaking your account settings
      6m 53s
    2. Organizing and viewing messages
      3m 30s
    3. Filtering mail with Rules
      11m 45s
    4. Importing and exporting mail
      3m 52s
    5. Mail tips
      7m 14s
  8. 14m 2s
    1. Creating complex iCal events
      4m 17s
    2. Publishing and subscribing to calendars
      4m 39s
    3. Importing and exporting calendars
      1m 47s
    4. Expanding iCal
      3m 19s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Creating complex contacts
      4m 22s
    2. Importing, exporting, and sharing contacts
      5m 10s
    3. Organizing with Groups and Smart Groups
      7m 15s
    4. Printing from your Address Book
      2m 8s
  10. 17m 17s
    1. Doing more with Bookmarks
      3m 27s
    2. Covering your tracks
      3m 26s
    3. Working locally
      3m 54s
    4. Expanding Safari with Saft and PithHelmet
      6m 30s
  11. 54m 3s
    1. Monitoring your computer with Activity Monitor
      8m 31s
    2. Configuring an airport base station with Airport Utility
      4m 10s
    3. Configuring manual settings on an airport base station
      6m 16s
    4. Copying files with Bluetooth File Exchange
      2m 36s
    5. Setting up a partition with Boot Camp Assistant
      2m 36s
    6. Console
      5m 40s
    7. Storing your passwords with Keychain Assistant
      3m 45s
    8. Using keychain access for more than just passwords
      4m 22s
    9. Transferring user accounts with Migration Assistant
      4m 0s
    10. Monitoring your network with Network Utility
      6m 43s
    11. Using System Profiler
      5m 24s
  12. 23m 3s
    1. Understanding Disk Utility
      2m 18s
    2. Verify and repairing with Disk Utility
      3m 14s
    3. Formatting and partitioning with Disk Utility
      4m 28s
    4. Configuring a RAID with Disk Utility
      4m 13s
    5. Creating disk images with Disk Utility
      5m 34s
    6. Burning CDs with Disk Utility
      3m 16s
  13. 18m 18s
    1. Introducing the Terminal
      1m 36s
    2. Essential Terminal commands
      9m 58s
    3. Using the manuals
      1m 20s
    4. More useful Terminal commands
      5m 24s
  14. 7m 9s
    1. Changing permissions
      4m 27s
    2. Enabling the root user
      2m 42s
  15. 19m 18s
    1. Automator essentials
      1m 18s
    2. Creating an Automator workflow
      6m 52s
    3. Mailing images easily
      2m 42s
    4. Creating a timed backup system
      3m 10s
    5. Playing songs randomly from iTunes
      2m 27s
    6. Recording automation
      2m 49s
  16. 16m 13s
    1. Using the Calculator
      3m 16s
    2. Using Font Book
      3m 25s
    3. Importing and managing fonts in Font Book
      5m 1s
    4. Syncing your devices with iSync
      4m 31s
  17. 20m 13s
    1. Keeping your computer healthy
      8m 15s
    2. Using Disk Warrior
      3m 41s
    3. Using Onyx
      8m 17s
  18. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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