can you boot from a usb2 drive?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mikeabnooy, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. mikeabnooy macrumors member

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    is it possible? i have an old drive that i want to put os9 on. i was just wondering if i could get a case and let that thing be and boot on it?
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

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    hmm not sure, cant you just get a firewire drive/enclosure?
     
  3. mikeabnooy thread starter macrumors member

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    i would like to use usb2. i figure if i ever get sick of os9 i can just use as extra drive on mac or my pc
     
  4. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Don't think so. It would be really cool though. Booting from a thumb drive in time of need would be very helpfull to me when I am in the Windows world.
     
  5. Anna macrumors regular

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    Macs can boot from anything that spins. as long as it has a system folder on it you will be ok
     
  6. legion macrumors 6502a

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    Yes! You can most definitely boot from a USB drive.
     
  7. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Are you able to boot from say a Thumbdrive then?
     
  8. G5orbust macrumors 65816

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    Find me a thumbdrive that can carry OSX then we'll talk.
     
  9. legion macrumors 6502a

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    Shouldn't any of the 1 or 2GB USB flashdrives be able to hold OSX. (I have a 2GB that cost me an arm and a leg, but I use it for work so I'm not about to dump it to try this OSX experiment)
     
  10. Anna macrumors regular

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    No, currently the USB drive can not be used as a boot disk because it needs a logic board with a BIOS ROM that supports USB.
     

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