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OS X Restore boot problem

I Restored a time machine backup of a iMac 24" Late 2006 (Which died years ago) and tried booting into the restored backup on a MacBook 3,1 And a MacBook Pro Mid 2009 15" 2.66 Ghz and it keeps starting to boot (Does the apple logo then loading circle) then restarts. I have tried repairing broken files with disk utility and have tried Safe Mode and still have the same issue.


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Yes that can happen for a few different issues

  • The OS-X version is too old for the system
  • The System is looking for a different boot drive

First you should review EveryMac looking at each model to see if they support the same level of OS. If not you’ll need to install the correct OS the current system requires or one thats newer than what it came with.

Second I would start up the system using Shift (⇧) Safe Mode or Startup Manager Option (⌥) using an external bootable drive with the needed OS-X/Mac-OS to alter the systems Startup setting.

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I checked and both laptops can run the version of OS X that i restored, and with using Safe Mode and the startup manager it still has the same issue☹️


Ah! Looks like you hit the switcheroo problem! Older versions of OS-X when you install them won't load a full suite of drivers! So when you without a drive from one system to another or restore a backup from another system the new systems drives may not be available in the now running OS. Here you'll need to re-install the OS to reset the drivers as needed for the given system. Your Apps & OS will be left alone when you re-install the OS.


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