Alyssa- Let me make it plain and simple, I Love You.
On Sep 22, 2005, at 11:22 PM, Alyssa Ryvers wrote:
> I don't have all that much time to get into this, but 1st off I
> suspect that the formatting of the external drive should be done from
> the 9.2 disk from the Apple Disk Utility. All drives on a Mac system
> should be formatted using the appropriate version of the Apple Disk
> Utility. If there is one piece of info I would like to help you with,
> it is that one.
> Boot up from the 9.2 CD (or wait until you've installed 9.2 and run
> the Utility from the internal drive where you installed the OS)
> Run Apple Disk Utility [from the CD] (this means that you are losing
> all your info from your external hard drive - but it sounds like
> you're OK with that?)
> Format your external drive using this Utility.
> Make sure to name the drive when you do this; if for some reason you
> decide to rename the drive at a later time, be sure to run Norton
> because there will be a directory error. (ie do yourself a favour and
> don't rename the drive after you name and format it the first time)
> Then - I don't know - if your life still isn't dealing adequately, I
> would try to find a fresh install of [complete] 9.2. Before that
> though... did you unplug the external drive and any other peripherals
> when you attempted to run the update? Also, did you boot off the CD?
> You can change the bootup disk somewhere in your system folders (it's
> been a while since I used 9 - but it's there somewhere - or there is
> that damn key command when you boot up - whatever was it?). I would
> suggest trying the update if you can do so by booting off the update
> CD. Perhaps that's not possible? But worth a shot if you're having
> The great thing about system 9 is that you can back up the entire
> operating system easily - you must know this. Just copy your boot
> drive into a folder, on an external drive, and you will have a back up
> (without having to resolve to special backup software)
> There is much I prefer about system 9...
> Hope that helps get the cogs turnin'
> "If someone, holding fast to the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the
> World's Sounds should enter a great fire, the fire could not burn
> him...If one were washed away by a great flood and call upon his name,
> one would immediately find himself in a shallow place." (The Lotus
> On 22-Sep-05, at 9:13 PM, Aaron Levinson wrote:
>> Dear Tech Folks-
>> I am running a pro-tools rig( 2 888 24's) and we recently purchased
>> an external drive so we were not saving session files
>> to the same drive that the application is running on. The computer is
>> a dual processor G4 tower. After a few attempts to drag
>> and save the session files onto the external drive we concluded that
>> the drive was not being recognized as it should be.
>> To make a hideously long story somewhat shorter, I retrieved the
>> original box the drive came in and discovered, much to my chagrin,
>> that the device will not operate with anything earlier than OS 9.2. I
>> am, of course, running OS 9.1! Okay so we go to the mac.com site and
>> download the OS 9.2 update file onto the external drive and plug it
>> back into the firewire port on the back of the G4. However, as the
>> engineers out there will no doubt notice at this point we are caught
>> in an audio Catch-22- the system still
>> cannot recognize the external drive that now has the 9.2 updater on
>> it cause the G4 can't find it- its still running 9.1! So we tried
>> to burn OS 9.2 to a CD instead and take it off the CD. However, very
>> mysteriously this solution did not work...Now I'm puzzled.
>> The error prompt we get says that the install cannot be completed
>> because the computer can't read and I quote, "the installation
>> tome". What on God's green earth is an "Installation Tome"(Sound
>> Joycean and imposing in any case) and how do I get
>> this to work. The external drive is made by a company called Western
>> Digital I believe...Can anyone far smarter than
>> moi lend a digital hand on this bit of arcane computerese? What are
>> we doing wrong and what do we need to do to get it
>> to work. I have updated the OS on various macs I've owned over the
>> years and I've never had this kind of problem or seen
>> this prompt. Any thoughts?
>> Aaron Luis Levinson
>> Libertad Records
>> Conshohocken, PA