View Full Version : Boot G4 from a USB external drive?

Sep 6, 2010, 04:34 AM
I have a G4 "sawtooth running OSX 10.4.11. Is it possible to boot this mac from an external USB2.0 drive?

Thanks all,


Sep 6, 2010, 08:38 AM
Nope, not possible. Only on intel macs. You can use firewire though.

PS: Use mroogle (http://mroogle.edesignuk.com/) to search for this topic before you post. There are a bunch of threads on it.

Sep 6, 2010, 06:32 PM
If you use super duper to clone to a USB2 drive, it should come up in the boot menue.... - Just hold "option" key down during reboot.

Did it on a Powerbook 12"

Sep 6, 2010, 06:49 PM
Easily boot from USB 2.0 drives on PowerPC Macs (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20061017084322177)

Sep 6, 2010, 06:52 PM
Officially, it’s only Intel based Macs that support booting from an external USB; but you could have a look at these articles:

Easily boot from USB 2.0 drives on PowerPC Macs - Mac OS X Hints (http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20061017084322177)

Boot your PowerPC Mac from an external USB drive (http://www.tuaw.com/2006/10/25/boot-your-powerpc-mac-from-an-external-usb-drive/)

EDIT: spinnerlys beat me to it on the first one.