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Install dual-boot OpenBSD 3.5 / OS X on early Macs
Authored by: repetty on Aug 19, '04 01:13:56PM

It's actually important to mention here -- clarify, really -- that old Macs capable of booting into Mac OS X do NOT need to boot onto an 8GB parition unless they are booting to IDE/ATA hard drives.

Since many older Macs -- my old G3/300 for instance -- have SCSI drives, they do not have this problem. I boot that old G3 Mac from a 17GB just fine even though many people claim that this is not possible.

The limitation that you refer to is more a function of the hard drive interface than the computer itself. Just another reason the move from SCSI to IDE/ATA has been a big elephant step backwards.


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SCSI debate
Authored by: nebula on Aug 19, '04 06:26:51PM

...except for cost. Had Apple stuck with SCSI, they would now have home computers that cost hundreds of dollars more for less overall HD capacity.

I speculate that as Apple dropped SCSI as standard equipment they were banking on native FireWire HD mechanisms appearing in the future (hence the Sawtooth G4's internal FireWire port). While it now appears this will never happen, I still believe that the price:performance ratio of IDE justifies their move.

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