Create a SD card startup disk for the new MacBook Pros
Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:58 PM
You've got a Mac that won't boot from the hard drive. You create this bootable SD card and place on it copies of TechTool Pro, Disk Warrior, and Drive Genius. With one or a combination of them you bring the Mac back to life.
Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:45 PM
Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:07 PM
That is exactly the point. It is an EMERGENCY disk, not a general use disk. Great for taking with you on vacation. A tiny SD card is far better than taking a DVD and risk losing it while on a trip. Nothing worse than having your Mac go down on vacation and no boot disk to repair it. Most of the others just don't get it.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 02:39 AM
SD card = same result plus the ability to use more peripherals. What
would have been nice is for Apple to have included an adapter that fits
in to the Express card. Then we could've had our cake and eaten it too.
Oh well.. so much for wishful thinking.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:34 AM
I also have a Patriot USB 2 flash drive that can take any SD/SDHC card, giving you similar capabilities on any Mac that can boot from USB.
I'd be interested in a comparison of OS X boot time, application startup time, read/write time, etc., from various SD cards - the card used in the article is expensive, but I've seen much cheaper cards (e.g. 32 GB for < $40) at Fry's.
The SD card slot in the new MacBooks is Apple's handwriting is on the wall for SD card-based software installation, system recovery, Time Machine backups, etc..
Wouldn't it be nice to have Snow Leopard on a (write-protected?) SD card rather than a bulky, scratchable DVD?