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    Drive Not Showing In Startup Disk

    Hi,

    I have re setup my MacBook Pro, all seems well apart from this little problem. My Mac OS X Partition or Windows Partition shows in startup Disk.

    Both Operating Systems do startup fine though.

    I have my disk partitioned like this

    Free Space
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    Windows 7
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    Mac OS X

    Its setup in this way so i can use TrueCrypt for the Windows side.

    Does anyone know how to correct this please?

    Thanks
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    Buy a PC?

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    Re do the master boot record for the MAC...then it should find it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Re do the master boot record for the MAC...then it should find it all
    Can you elaborate a little please?

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    repair the Mac installation, it should restore the Master Boot Record (MBR) so that the operating systems are recognised.

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    Did you install any NTFS drivers at all? I know macs get wobbly with them and booting, (or did unless fixed recently).

    Also, Did you reformat the entire partition? Diff between FAT and NTFS = happy or sad macs :P (Yes I know someone will say they can use both, but sometimes they're very fussy) (normally Windows on FAT is silly, but likes NTFS)

    Might be worth a shot trying if it's fresh install, nothing to lose.

    Edit - And in reference tothe above posts, forgive me if I'm wrong but I thought macs don't use MBR? Don't they use GUID tables? If you installed Win7 before Mac, may be why the issue arrises if it wrote MBR and not GUID. But guess see how the above goes first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Did you install any NTFS drivers at all? I know macs get wobbly with them and booting, (or did unless fixed recently).

    Also, Did you reformat the entire partition? Diff between FAT and NTFS = happy or sad macs :P (Yes I know someone will say they can use both, but sometimes they're very fussy) (normally Windows on FAT is silly, but likes NTFS)

    Might be worth a shot trying if it's fresh install, nothing to lose.

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    I have NTFS-3G Installed

    I reformatted the allot. Took be a while to get it setup so dont want to start again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I have NTFS-3G Installed

    I reformatted the allot. Took be a while to get it setup so dont want to start again.
    I'd suggest you take a look online about NTFS-3g and Macs (Before apple are smart people who make things easy for everyone *cough*)

    Generally it doesn't like it :P Majority of times, disabling NTFS-3g, and remounting drive fixed it.

    Steve


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    Q 3.2. After installing ntfs-3g, my Boot Camp volume stopped showing up in the Startup Disk preference pane. I am devastated. Is reinstalling Mac OS X, Boot Camp, and Windows the only recourse?
    A: Relax. The Startup Disk preference pane is simply filtering out (that is, not displaying) any mounted volumes that it doesn't consider bootable. Its definition of a Boot Camp volume includes that the mounted volume either be of type msdos or ntfs--this is hardcoded into the preference pane plugin. This doesn't mean your Boot Camp volume has become unbootable. It's merely not showing up in the GUI. You can hold the opt key during startup and choose the Windows partition to boot from. You can also remount it (read-only) using the NTFS file system built into Mac OS X and it should start showing up in Startup Disk
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    Will give that a shot. - when you say remount it how do you mean please?

    On a side note I am struggling to find an updated version of the free edition. The one I have is about a year old. If I can find a newer version hopefully that should fix the problem.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Will give that a shot. - when you say remount it how do you mean please?

    On a side note I am struggling to find an updated version of the free edition. The one I have is about a year old. If I can find a newer version hopefully that should fix the problem.

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    Of NTFS3g? NTFS-3G for Mac OS X

    And disabling I think you can just do it in your normal system prefences pane (Tuxera or something) (Hold options button down while booting, to get it to boot to the non-listed ones, to set it)

    "hopefully" it'll then show them :P

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    and mounting unmounting is done in Disk Utilities isnt it? don't play around with macs that often :P

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Of NTFS3g? NTFS-3G for Mac OS X
    You have to pay for the Tuxera one
    I will boot from the Mac Install DVD and see if it will let me unmount the system drive in there. Obviously it wont let me do it while booted in mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    and mounting unmounting is done in Disk Utilities isnt it? don't play around with macs that often :P

    Steve
    I have just tried that. Didn't work. Anymore thoughts please?

    I also tried a SafeBoot.

    Thanks
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