I spoke with a customer today who wanted to make a startup USB flash drive with Drive Genius 3 and Data Rescue 3. She has a friend who was having issues with their Mac and she wanted to help them out by running a scan on the hard drive that is not mounting. If that didn’t help, she wanted to be able to recover data from it.
I helped her with the instructions on how to create a startup USB flash drive using the Drive Genius 3 DVD disk image file and Data Rescue 3 DVD disk image file. Using Disk Utility you can create a startup volume with both Drive Genius 3 and Data Rescue 3 on them. This drive is then visible in startup disk as a startup drive and she was able to use this device to startup her friend’s Mac and run Drive Genius 3 and Data Rescue 3. This is a great method to use both Drive Genius 3 and Data Rescue 3 to boot your Mac computer and will work with older Intel Mac’s.
If you have a mid to late model 2011 or 2012 Mac you will have to create a startup disk with a Mac OS X version on it instead of using the boot DVD files.