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Easily boot from USB 2.0 drives on PowerPC Macs
Authored by: koalatana on Mar 08, '07 11:38:54AM

Hi all !

Here is my "success" story...

I had a PB G4 with a dead internal hd, and I have bought an external usb 2.0 drive. I was told by apple tech support, that booting off the external drive is impossible on g4 computers.

Then, I have stumbled upon this site, and with SuperDuper, I have made a complete backup of the neighbour's mac mini. I borrowed the mini, did the backup, and in SuperDuper, all of the booting related options were greyed out.

I have tried booting the mini from the external drive, and it did not work.
Even if i held down the option key, the drive did not show up in the bios.
I wasn't able to select it as a startup disk, either.

Then, I was curious, how would my PB react to this new situation with a -supposedly- bootable version of 10.4 on the usb drive.

And, tadaa, as I went into the bios, the drive showed up !

I was able to boot the system, and I can use it now, it's not really slow at all for general usage. Only the booting is slightly longer than usual.

I didn't really notice anything bad, all the new hardware parts, airport, etc were detected instantly.

It is working fine, however, there are strange things.

Sometimes, the drive doesn't appear in the bios, but boots.

Sorry for the long post, and the bad english.



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