Unable to drag and drop in Disk Utility while started from install DVD

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When you use the restore option in Disk Utility in Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.4.11, you have to drag the destination device into the destination field. If your Mac is started up from the install DVD that was included in the box with the computer, this drag-and-drop function may not be available, and you may not be able to use the restore process.

There are two possible workarounds to this issue:

  • Start up from an external Firewire drive running Mac OS X and use Disk Utility while running off the Firewire drive.
  • Start the Intel-based Mac up in Target Disk mode and connect the Mac to another computer running Mac OS X (version 10.4 or later). Then use Disk Utility on the host computer to backup and restore the drives.

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Published Date: Oct 7, 2016