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Run full OS X installer for another drive without rebooting
Authored by: gp_aaron on Jan 27, '10 09:56:46AM

The MacBook should boot with no problems from any USB storage. Just make sure the partition map is GUID. You'll find that in Disk Utility under the options when creating the partition.



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Run full OS X installer for another drive without rebooting
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 27, '10 10:35:35AM

When I was trying to install SL, I think I had done some research and found that the MacBook Core 2 Duo could boot off USB but that the MacBook Core Duo (which I have) could only boot off FW. Anyway, I don't currently have any need to boot off of USB, but I will keep your comments in mind for the future.



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Run full OS X installer for another drive without rebooting
Authored by: gp_aaron on Jan 27, '10 10:42:23AM

Weird, my first MacBook was a Core Duo 2.0GHz and I booted off USB every time I did a reinstall or even when I beta tested Leopard.



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Run full OS X installer for another drive without rebooting
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 27, '10 11:47:14AM

You are correct. All Intel Macs (and even some PPC machines, including some as old as the Bondi iMac and the original XServes) can boot off USB. As mentioned above, GUID partition table is the key.



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Run full OS X installer for another drive without rebooting
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 27, '10 12:21:13PM

You're right, I verified my SD card is MBR, not GUID. So maybe what I read was saying that only newer machines can boot from devices using an MBR partition map.



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