Know how to boot a MacBook from an external USB drive

Booting a Mac using an external USB drive has many applications. It is generally done when a user tries to reinstall/ upgrade the macOS or when he/she needs to troubleshoot OS related errors on the Mac computer. If not done right, the consequences of booting a Mac though external drive can be very harmful to your computer directly affecting functionality and data present on the computer.

The following is a guide to boot MAC from any external drive through USB which is safe and equally effective. The steps can be applied for Mac, MacBook or iMac running on any version of Mac OS including the latest macOS Catalina.

Steps on How to boot a MacBook from an external USB drive

  • Shutdown your MacBook and connect the external USB Drive to an USB port available in MacBook and then restart it to insert the OS X installation DVD into the drive of MacBook
  • Login to your system normally, and then choose “System Preferences” and click on icon “Start-up Disks” option and finally “Restart into the OS X DVD”. When your system reboots, it is going to boot from the OS X installation DVD
  • Follow all the onscreen instructions until you reach the installation volume, then choose “Utility”, and click on “Disk Utility” option to perform the remaining process
  • Then choose the external USB drive from the list and click on “Options”. A new pop up window opens, here choose “GUID Partition Table” option and click on “Apply” to proceed further. Next, follow the remaining onscreen instructions to complete the OS X installation on the external USB drive
  • Now choose “System Preferences” and click on the “Start-up Disks” option. Then select the external USB drive that you have connected to your MacBook. Next time when the system reboots it is going to boot from the external USB drive.

By following all the above-mentioned steps, you can easily boot your MacBook laptop from the external USB drive in a safe and secure way. However, while performing this process by chance if you have come across data loss then no need to worry, as Remo Recover Mac application has all capabilities to get back your data in a simple way. In addition, you can easily recover lost files from MacBook Pro laptop just by employing this advance toolkit in a couple of minutes.

Know how to boot a MacBook from an external USB drive was last modified: January 2nd, 2020 by Tony Landry

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