Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?
December 20, 2011 8:15 PM Subscribe
Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*?
posted by kalapierson to computers & internet (11 answers total)
August 2006 MacBook Pro, running 10.5, has an almost-dead drive. (Drive starts very loud grinding noise/vibrations after, generally, a few minutes of operation.)
Any way to boot this machine from an external drive *either* without ever spinning up its own internal drive *or* with the option to manually spin down the internal drive soon after booting?
No concern re. data loss on the MBP's drive; I already have a new machine and I'm just trying to determine whether the old machine can be made at all usable without actually replacing its drive.
(MBP is known-happy booting and running from an external drive; the issue is just the extreme noise and vibration that start coming from its internal drive while it runs this way.)