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10.4: Install Tiger via Target Disk Mode
Authored by: dfe on May 03, '05 11:26:13AM

This is a good hint. I had to do this with the developer seeds as my Tiger test machine has a DVD-RAM and could not read the DVD-R discs I burned from my PowerBook 17. Apple did periodically send out pressed DVDs but they were usually so far behind it was hardly worth it.

My main problem with this method is that I like to be able to use my PowerBook when installing Tiger on my test machine. Therefore, I created a few gigabyte partition on an external firewire drive and used asr to dump the contents of the downloaded DMG onto that partition. I then blessed it and was able to hold down Option at startup to boot from it and install Tiger normally.

Note that whatever partition you use for the destination will be completely erased so you may need to first repartition the disk to give yourself an empty 3-4 GB partition. In my case I had purposefully left a few gigabytes of unpartitioned space on my firewire drive for just such an occasion so I was able to use pdisk to add partitions being very careful not to remove any existing partitions I wanted to keep. For the less prepared there are nondestructive repartitioning programs out there.

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