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10.4: Boot Intel Macs from iPods and FireWire drives
Authored by: freepms on Mar 29, '07 05:51:00PM

Paul McCann's technique works. Partition a FireWire drive as APM, install PPC Tiger on one partition. Boot an Intel Mac in FireWire Target mode, connect it and the external to another Mac (I used an Intel Mac Mini and an iMac G5). Use Disk Utility to restore the Intel Mac's drive to an empty partition of the FireWire drive, with the Erase Destination and Skip Checksum options both checked. Voila, a FireWire drive that will boot either a PPC or an Intel Mac.

In my testing, the Intel partition also shows up when Option-booting a PPC Mac (a PowerMac G5 dual). Select it and proceed with the boot, and it grey-screens almost instantly. But the PPC partition does not appear when Option-booting my Intel Mini.

This is close enough to a universal boot drive for my uses.



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