Mac OS X: Booting Intel-Mac From External HDD

“You cannot install Mac OS X on this volume…” alert in Installer

If you’re trying to install Mac OS X on a hard disk that you’ve connected to your Intel-based Mac, you may see this alert in Installer and be unable to select the disk for installation:

“You cannot install Mac OS X on this volume. Mac OS X cannot start up from this volume.”

Select a Destination

The Mac OS X installer prevents you from installing on to a disk that uses a non-native partition scheme (or to any volumes on that disk). PowerPC-based Macs and Intel-based Macs have different native partition schemes (see additional information below).


To install Mac OS X on the disk, you must partition the drive to match the native partition scheme for your computer’s processor type (Intel or PowerPC). Partitioning splits the disk into two or more volumes (though you can choose just one partition to resolve this particular issue, as described below).

Important: Partitioning erases the contents of the drive. Additionally, simply erasing the drive without partitioning will not resolve the issue (see Additional information, below).

Follow these steps:

  1. Back up your important data. Partitioning a hard disk erases all data on the disk.
  2. Open Disk Utility:
    • If you’re started from a Mac OS X installation disc, choose Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.
    • If you’re started from your computer’s Mac OS X volume, open Disk Utility from the Utilities folder. You can get there by choosing Utilities from the Finder’s Go menu.
  3. Select the disk you want to partition (that is, the disk you want to install Mac OS X on. The disk contains size and model number of the drive, not “Macintosh HD” or a name you chose.
  4. Click the Partition tab in the Disk Utility window. If the partition tab is not visible, make sure you’ve selected the disk (not volume) in the left side of the window.
    Tip: In Disk Utility, volume names are indented on the left side of the window. Disk names are not indented.
  5. Choose the desired number of partitions from the Volume Scheme pop-up menu. It’s OK to choose “1 Partition” if you only want one.
  6. Click Options.
    Note: On some Intel-based Macs, the Options button does not appear under the partition tab. Use the erase tab to erase the disk instead. This will change the partition scheme to the default “GUID Partition Scheme”. You can then use the partition tab to create additional partitions if desired.
  7. From the Partition Scheme pop-up menu, choose “GUID Partition Scheme”.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Make any other changes you wish in the Volume Information section, such as partition size(s) or naming.
  10. Click the Partition button to erase your disk and install the new partition scheme.
  11. When partitioning finishes, you should be able to install Mac OS X on the volume. Afterwards, you can restore backed-up data.

Additional Information

Installer refers to the volume, but the issue is actually with the entire hard disk (specifically, with its partition scheme). That’s why erasing the volume without re-partitioning the disk will not resolve the issue. Use Disk Utility as noted above to repartition the disk, using the GUID partition scheme.

Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs have different native partition schemes. The Mac OS X installer keeps you from selecting a hard disk that uses a different partition scheme (or any volumes on that disk) for installation. You can still use such disks for other storage purposes, swapping the disk back and forth between Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs if desired.

For more information on partition schemes, see this Apple Developer Connection website.

Discovering the partition scheme

You can easily find out what partition scheme a disk has using Disk Utility.

  1. Open Disk Utility:
    • If you’re started from a Mac OS X installation disc, choose Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.
    • If you’re started from your computer’s Mac OS X volume, open Disk Utility from the Utilities folder. You can get there by choosing Utilities from the Finder’s Go menu.
  2. Select the hard disk (not the volume) in the left side of the Disk Utility window. The disk usually contains the name of the drive vendor, not “Macintosh HD” or a name you chose.
    Tip: Select the hard disk (not the volume) in the left side of the Disk Utility window. The disk usually contains the name of the drive vendor, not “Macintosh HD” or a name you chose.
  3. From the Disk Utility File menu, choose Get Info.
  4. Look for the “Partition Type:” line.
    • A PowerPC-based Mac can only install Mac OS X on a disk with the “Apple_partition_scheme.”
    • An Intel-based Mac can only install Mac OS X on a disk with the “GUID_partition_scheme.”

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Mac OS X: Uninstalling Adobe CS2

Please note that I did not write this. This is reprinted from Adobe. The only thing that has been changed is formatting, all else is exactly as the author written. This is here for my personal reference.

Manually remove Adobe Creative Suite (2.0 on Mac OS X)

The steps below are instructions for manually removing all files and folders that Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 installs on your computer. The Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and Adobe Version Cue 2.0 applications include uninstallers in their respective application folders. Adobe recommends that you use those uninstallers for those applications before you manually remove their components. Occasionally, damaged files or a partial installation may cause the uninstallers to leave files or empty application folders on the system after you remove the application. When you manually remove Adobe Creative Suite, you ensure that all files and folders are removed.

To manually remove Adobe Creative Suite:

1. Remove files you wish to save from the following folders in the Applications folder, and then delete the folders:

— Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional (Adobe Creative Suite Premium only)

— Adobe Bridge

— Adobe Creative Suite 2

— Adobe GoLive CS2 (Adobe Creative Suite Premium only)

— Adobe Illustrator CS2

— Adobe InDesign CS2

— Adobe Photoshop CS2

— Adobe Version Cue CS2

2. Delete the following files or folders:

Important: When you delete the Adobe folders indicated in the list below with an asterisk (*), you may affect other Adobe applications; for example, you may remove fonts or settings installed by other Adobe applications. If you installed fonts that you wish to save in an Adobe application folder, move them before you delete the folder. By default, the Adobe Creative Suite installer installs multiple fonts in the Library/Application folder.

Applications/Adobe Help Center file

Applications/Adobe Stock Photos file

Applications/Utilities/Adobe Updater file

Applications/Utilities/Adobe Utilities folder

Users/[User]/Documents/AdobeStockPhotos folder

Users/[User]/Documents/Updater folder

Users/[User]/Library/Acrobat User Data folder (Adobe Creative Suite Premium only)

Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Adobe folder*

Users/[User]/Library/Caches/Acrobat folder

Users/[User]/Library/Caches/Adobe folder

Users/[User]/Library/Caches/Opera Cache folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Acrobat folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe GoLive 8.0 Prefs folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS2 Settings folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign?folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Paths folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Save for Web AI 9.0 Prefs folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Imageready CS2 Settings folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Com.Adobe.Acrobat.Pro7.0.plist file

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/? file

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Com.Adobe.ALM.AdobeLMbundle.plist file

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Com.Adobe.AMI.Installer.plist file

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Com.Adobe.Bridge.plist file

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Com.Adobe.Photoshop.plist file

Users/[User]/Library/Preferences/Opera Preferences folder

Users/[User]/Library/Preference Panes/Opera Preferences folder

Users/[User]/Library/receipts/com.adobe.Acrobat.Pro file (Adobe Creative Suite Premium only)

Library/Application Support/Adobe folder*

Library/Application Support/Adobe PDF folder

Library/Application Support/Adobe Systems folder

Library/Preferences/Adobe Systems folder

Library/Preferences/com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer.plist file

Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.AdobePDFSettings.plist file

Library/Preferences/com.adobe.versioncueCS2.plist file

Library/PreferencePanes/VersionCueCS2.prefPane folder

Library/StartupItems/AdobeVersionCueCS2 folder

3. Empty Trash by clicking on the Trash icon and selecting Empty Trash.

Adobe CS2 And MacBook Pro

So I’m experiencing some problems with Adobe CS2 and my MacBook again. Seems the latest problem was, I think, caused by a grip load of recent updates for CS2. About 95% of the updates installed fine, with one particular program not updating correctly. My luck, it happens to be the one program in the CS2 Suite that I use most often: Photoshop 9.

So the problem is that I can’t update Photoshop. When I use the Adobe Updater, it tells me that my Photoshop is outdated and so I run the updater. Then it, oddly enough, asks me to direct it to the Adobe Photoshop folder, which I do, but I can’t select the actual program so thus I can’t do an update. Now since everything else was able to update fine, I think its conflicting with Photoshop. I can open/edit/save all my pics as before, but when I try to upload it to here, the pictures won’t display. Apparently Photoshop is saving in a way that the decoders can’t read. I’ve tried resetting my Photoshop settings to default a few times in hopes that it would resolve it…nope. I’m about ready to do a fresh install…

Reboot In Effect

Please bear with the slight mess, I’m currently rebooting Upon completion, this will be officially Bui4Ever v16. The major reason for this reboot is because I feel the other design has started to become dated and messy. Design v16 here reflects a return to basics and the use of summerish colors also. You’ll probably notice that the submenu items are missing. They’re not gone, I’m working on trying to organize them on the site better as opposed to drop down menus. (After much consideration, I think I shall continue to use the Drop Down Menu.) The look of the pages (e.g. Andrea and Rich, Resume, Contact Us, etc.) will get a complete redesign also.

Be on the look out for a PDA viewable version of Bui4Ever also.Please continue checking back to see the latest updates!

Mac OS X: Setting Up Apache, MySQL, PHP and Mod_Rewrite

Please note that I did not write this. This is reprinted from TextDrive written by SuperJared. The only thing that has been changed is formating, all else is exactly as the author written. This is here for my personal reference.

Step 1: Enable Apache.

Go to System Preferences > Sharing and enable Personal Web Sharing. Verify that Apache has started by opening a browser and pointing it to http://localhost/.

Step 2: Install MySQL.

This is almost as easy as enabling Apache since MySQL has excellent support for Mac OS X.

Go to and pick out the latest OS X flavored package. Make sure to get the right one for your architecture. Mount the dmg and you should see two installer packages: one for the MySQL database, and the other installs the MySQL startup item.

The easiest thing to do is just run the standard installer for the database. It should be called something like mysql-standard-VERSION-apple-ETC.pkg. After that is installed, install the file MySQL.prefPane by double-clicking it. This is a panel in the System Preferences that allows you to start, stop and configure the database for automatic start.

Your database is installed. Look into the MySQL documentation if you want to secure it, because right now, the user name is root and there is no password.

Step 3: Install PHP.

Go to and download the latest source version. You’ll want to put this in your directory (that’s my preference, at least), so open up a terminal:

cd /usr/local/src/ sudo fetch http://path/to/the/latest/download/from/ sudo tar zxvf php-VERSION-ETC.tar.gz cd php-VERSION

At this point you’re in the PHP source directory. We’ll now configure our PHP. NOTE: This example has the bare minimum of options to get this all working properly. See the PHP documentation for more configure options.

sudo make sudo make install sudo cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/lib/php.ini

Make sure to edit to your desired settings. Now we need to edit httpd.conf:

sudo open -a TextEdit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf

And make sure these lines are in their proper locations:

LoadModule php5_module libexec/ # Should have been added already AddModule mod_php5.c # Should have been added already AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

Now restart Apache:

sudo apachectl graceful

And verify that the install worked by creating a file called test.php under your Sites directory (/Users/myusername/Sites/) with the following text:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Go to http://localhost/~myusername/test.php to verify that it worked.

Step 4: Enable mod_rewrite. (Optional)

Enabling mod_rewrite requires additional modification of the httpd.conf (and related) files so we can use .htaccess files.

sudo open -a TextEdit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf

Under this line:

<Directory "/Library/WebServer/Documents">

You’ll see:

AllowOverride None

Change this to:

AllowOverride All

You’ll also want to modify your user’s configuration file:

sudo open -a TextEdit /etc/httpd/users/myusername.conf

The Options directive must include FollowSymLinks, and the AllowOverride should be AuthConfig All. Example:

<Directory "/Users/myusername/Sites/"> Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks AllowOverride AuthConfig All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory>

Restart Apache and you’ll be able to use .htaccess files.

Got My New (Used) Camera

A present from my Dad, his old Nikon D100 with a Nikkor 28-200mm zoom lens. Reason I got this SLR was because my Dad upgraded to a Canon EOS 5D. This is the same camera that I used in New York when Andrea and I went. I got this camera on May 25, 2006. Since then I’ve been trying to learn the hang of this thing. It’s definitely no Canon EOS, but its still very nice.

Here are some quick facts about the Nikon D100:

Max Resolution 3008 x 2000
MegaPixels 6.0
Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.5 mm (Nikon DX)
Sensor Type CCD
ISO rating Auto, 200-1600
Max Shutter 1/4000
LCD 1.8″
LCD Pixels 118,000

Mac OS X: Adobe CS2 and Apple’s Security Update 2006-03

So for the second time, I’ve had this problem: my MacBook would not get past the load up page (the one after the grey Apple with the spinning wheel) after applying Apple’s Security Update 2006-03. The first time, I had to reinstall the entire OS. This time, after searching around the web, it appears I’m not the only one to experience this problem. So for future reference, I decided to add this to our webpage.

The issues lies with some incompatibility with Adobe CS2 Version Cue that loads up in startup and the latest security update. The solution is to remove Version Cue from startup.


  1. Boot up in safe mode.
  2. Go to “Macintosh HD” and “Library”.
  3. Do a “Get Info” on the “StartupItems” folder.
  4. Expand the “Ownership & Permissions” tab and select “Details”.
  5. Click the lock and enter your password (if you have one set) and switch the owner from the “System” to your user account.
  6. Rename the folder to “StartupItems.old”.
  7. Change the “Ownership & Permissions” of “StartupItems.old” back to the “System”.
  8. Reboot and you should be able to get into your system again.