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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive Storage Devices
To make an external bootable hard drive with both HFS+ and NTFS file systems, do the following.

First use Disk utility to partition the drive. Make the first partition HFS+ and the second partition as MS-DOS (FAT32), making sure you go into 'Options...' and check the GUID radio button (to make the HFS+ partition bootable on Intel). Then follow these steps to complete the process:
  1. Connect the hard drive to a Windows machine, and wait for the FAT32 partition to mount.
  2. Open My Computer and right-click the FAT32 partition and select Format.
  3. Format the partition with an NTFS filesystem.
  4. Remove the drive from the Windows machine, connect it to an Intel Mac, and install a disk image built for Intel Macs. (You can try a Mac OS Install Disk, but this is how I did it.)
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive
Authored by: lukasha on Jun 30, '06 09:04:56AM

Question, why convert to NTFS? Can't you just use FAT32 which makes it easier to access and change from a Mac, but still use it for a PC?

Jeff



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4GB limit
Authored by: tatilsever on Jun 30, '06 09:58:47AM

If you have files that are larger than 4GB, then you cannot use FAT32.



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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive
Authored by: albertoricart on Jun 30, '06 02:29:58PM

For one thing the file system will be journaled. For another you can put files that are bigger than 2GB, and finally you can implement security on the files.



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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive
Authored by: endymion on Jun 30, '06 03:36:15PM

Turns out you can boot 10.4 from a USB 2.0 drive as well as a FW drive from a Intel Mac. I used the 'Restore' function in Disk Utility to image a bootable volume onto an external partition. I don't think it's possible to install Windows to an external drive via installer CD (at least not a USB drive) because the installer insists on using a partition on the internal drive.
I haven't had success using the 'Restore' function in Disk Utility to create a bootable Windows partition on an external drive. If somebody could give more specific details on how to do that I would appreciate it.

--Damien



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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive
Authored by: kainewynd2 on Jun 30, '06 05:37:36PM

From what I've seen you can put the majority of the Windows OS on an external drive, but you still have to have the mbr and boot files on an internal disk otherwise Windows will not boot.



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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive
Authored by: magnamous on Jul 11, '06 03:18:12AM
I just ran across this piece of software called GParted, which can create NTFS partitions. I've not used it, but I thought I'd mention it.

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10.4: Create an Intel-bootable HFS+/NTFS external drive
Authored by: nobody2100 on Aug 01, '07 04:05:36AM

I don't get the 4th step:

"...and install a disk image built for Intel Macs..."

how do I do this, or what does he mean by it? anyone can help me?



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