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10.5: Install on a PPC Mac from an external USB Drive
Authored by: Tosh22 on Feb 05, '12 05:51:55AM

This is for anyone looking for a solution to installing Leopard on a Mac PPC that doesn't have a CD/DVD drive. I had the very same dilemma and after searching the internet for days, i stumbled upon the solution by myself.

Maybe it's obvious or maybe not, but all External USB Hard drives are really just SATA/IDE hard disks cased in a metal box and given a usb port!

Well, for this solution you will need any running version of Mac OSX leopard or snow, either on another mac, macbook or on the same machine you want to install in (if you're doing a re install)

Use this running version to create a Mac OSX 10.5 image to the the external usb hd (DISK UTILITY>RESTORE) Now Shut down the mac. Physically open the external USB Drive and take out the SATA disk inside. (you may need a screw driver)

Open the Mac case

Plug the SATA drive inside the mac you want to install in, alongside the normal SATA drive already inside the machine.

Start the machine while holding Option/ Alt until a menu shows up. And Voila! you can now install Mac OSX Leopard 10.5, and faster than a DVD install i might add.

With no DVD drive! No External Firewire drive! USB not an option because of PPC! But where there is a will the there is a way!



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