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Christopher Tay
Booting OSX on USB drive
on Mar 24, 2008 at 2:02:54 am


If I clone my boot drive to an external USB drive, will I be able to boot up from the USB drive ?

Or am I only able to boot from an external firewire drive ?


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Zane Barker
Re: Booting OSX on USB drive
on Mar 24, 2008 at 3:43:50 am

I know you can on a Macbook Air, and you may be able to on an Intel Mac, but don't quote me on that one.

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!

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Eric Hansen
Re: Booting OSX on USB drive
on Mar 24, 2008 at 7:27:37 pm

only Intel-based Apples can be booted from USB. PowerPC-based (G4, G5) can only be booted from firewire. you also have to make sure that you use the correct partition scheme - if you're using Disk Utility, it will walk you though the options for Intel or PowerPC-based systems.

i have a MacBook Pro and use Carbon Copy Cloner to keep a clone of my internal drive on an external USB drive. it works great!


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Dustin Lau
Re: Booting OSX on USB drive
on May 28, 2008 at 6:34:14 pm

In terms of hard disk cloning utilities, Carbon Copy Cloner, Super Duper and Clonetool Hatchery all get the job done.

Not a big fan of Time Machine since you can't boot off it.

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