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  1. Whitehill

    Convert data disk to startup disk

    Thanks for the info. And, I confirmed my suspicion about TM disks. I formatted a spare disk as APFS. TM sees it and allows me to select it, but it won’t accept it unless I let it reformat it HFS+.
  2. Whitehill

    Convert data disk to startup disk

    I stumbled over the answer. You must format the device as APFS. Inside the container, the volumes can be HFS+ or whatever. Now SuperDuper! happily blesses the backup as bootable. I must have missed the memo on this subject, because it seems to be old news. On the Time Machine side, I now...
  3. Whitehill

    Convert data disk to startup disk

    I have a backup disk from Mojave that, unintentionally, is NOT a startup disk. When I look at the contents via Finder, the structure looks the same as any “system” disk, but it’s missing some magic, files or formatting, that allows it to be seen by the startup manager (preference or option...
  4. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    Well, I don't know whether to be happy or terrified. At 4pm yesterday, I found yet another failure notification but, on the TM preference pane, it said the oldest backup was 1:40pm yesterday and, right now, the latest is today at 8am, with the next scheduled for 9am. Also, I just entered TM...
  5. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    Good idea! Thanks. Meanwhile ... While I wasn't paying attention, I got another notification that TM had failed. But on opening TM prefs, it says it's still going!? In fact, the little progress meter shows 372gb of 464gb. At my post above it was at 34gb of ... I guess I'll wait to see if...
  6. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    I followed your instructions, but it again failed in about the same time. So ... I set up another USB disk that wasn’t working too hard, and started TM to it. And ... It failed again in around the same time! What are the odds that 2 disks, different brands, bought at different times, go...
  7. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    Well, not that good. I got a notification this morning that a Time Machine update had failed. That’s it. No reasons, no data. Except that it was the 1st attempted update after the upgrade. Q: I used to be able to watch TM activity in the Console. Now, I can’t find it anywhere. This goes...
  8. Whitehill

    Disk Utility (Mojave) shows ancient disk images

    I upgraded to Catalina and ... they’re gone!
  9. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    I bit the bullet today. It took 2 hours 15 minutes with no problems. Since then, it's really working hard on the 1st Time Machine update, and something called photoanalysisd. I can guess what that is. So far so good ...
  10. Whitehill

    Mail rule to redirect iCloud message

    I want to redirect all mail from a particular sender to my iCloud address to another address. A rule is easy to compose, using the action 'redirect'. So far, so good. However ... When I receive a mail from the sender, the rule tries to act but fails, saying I can't redirect because I don't...
  11. Whitehill

    Disk Utility (Mojave) shows ancient disk images

    I opened Disk Utility for other reasons and noticed, not for the 1st time, that in the left panel, under the real devices, it lists every (seemingly) disk image I have mounted since the beginning of time. Why are these there? After I eject a DMG, does something linger forever and is it...
  12. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    Does it matter how you start installation? App Store or Software Update pane of System Prefs.
  13. Whitehill

    Official: Catalina Issues

    I don’t remember where I heard this: The Catalina install does something (reformat, divide into pieces for a disk ‘group’) to the installation disk. If true, does this make reverting to Mojave difficult or impossible?
  14. Whitehill

    Help With Disk Utility/Desktop/Background

    I have used DiskMakerX for several revs, but be extra careful with the latest. It’s still BETA and the ‘readme’ that comes with it warns of likely problems due to Apple’s new security model. I think I will upgrade, perhaps even today, and will save the installation file for use when they work...
  15. Whitehill

    Help With Disk Utility/Desktop/Background

    I can’t answer your question, but I have one for you. Does First Aid ever mention anything weird about your disk?
  16. Whitehill

    32 bit applications

    Go64 has no print function that I could find and won’t allow me to copy the interesting lines. EtreCheck and EtreCheckPRO can print, maybe even just the 32-bit section, but they both miss some biggies. I ran it on a Mojave iMac with MS Office 2011 and they missed the whole install. For all...
  17. Whitehill

    32 bit applications

    See my reply to Cheryl.
  18. Whitehill

    32 bit applications

    I tried, but the printed (PDF) application report is no longer sorted. I got it to display “not 64” first and hoped I could just delete all after. If I can save it as plain text, I can write an AWK script to strip out what I want.
  19. Whitehill

    32 bit applications

    I have received a few warnings that no 32 bit apps will run at all under Catalina; and help to find such things via the System Report. When I get the list in System Report, I can’t find a way to print just the 32 bit section. No matter how I sort it, it wants to do the full list which, on my...
  20. Whitehill

    Cheap, simple WiFi broadcaster

    I have an old Apple Time Capsule. The internal disk went toes-up a long time ago and, since then, its only function has been to broadcast a WiFi network. It’s only a matter of time (short) before that expires. I have an even older Airport Extreme which the current Airport Utility refuses to...
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