boot off of image??

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by wintermute1001, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. wintermute1001 macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2003
    Question: Here at school, I dont have my orginal os cd with with. All I have is a .dmg backup of the install dvd, and a mounted copy of the dvd on my ipod.

    Now, is there any way to boot off of the ipod with a copy of the dvd?

    or must i get somebody back home to send me my dvd.

  2. Norouzi macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    If I understand corectly then the answer is no. If all you have is an image of the install DVD on your iPod then you can not boot off it since the image would have to be mounted to be read. So even if you mounted the image on your desktop and launched the installer, when the machine restarted the image would be unmounted and your machine would not be able to find it to boot from. The only way would be to burn either a new DVD from the image, or possibly burn to several CD's. I'm not sure if this can be done, and I'm not at my Mac to look and see.
  3. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Install Mac OS X on to the iPod and you can boot from that.

    However be warned that its not recommended since it will spin the iPod's HDD constantly and the iPod was not designed for this think of task. It can be done, don't get me wrong however be prepared to shorten the life of your iPod. :)
  4. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    also, if you install OSX on your ipod, its going to be pretty slow.
  5. Mertzen macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2004
    It is actually pretty acceptable until you start using the swap file .. but not recommended anyway ..

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