Can you boot from USB?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Falleron, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Falleron macrumors 68000

    Falleron

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    Well, the title says it all. Is it possible to boot a Mac from a USB device?? Something similar to Target mode??
     
  2. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    actually, i hope so. but, i don't think so. if you find out "PM" me.

    thanks.
     
  3. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    it depends on the mac. For instance, the tray loading iMacs cannot boot from USB, the slot loaders can.

    target mode on the other hand essentially turns a computer into a firewire hard drive and isn't really related to booting at all.
     
  4. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

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    if its built in factory usb then it should work but if its a 3rd party pci card then no.
     
  5. Falleron thread starter macrumors 68000

    Falleron

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    So, how do you do it?
     
  6. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    is the machine currently unbootable?

    if not:
    plug in drive, system preferences > startup disk, select that drive, then restart

    if it is:
    connect drive, reboot and hold down option key, if it is bootable, then you can just select the drive from there, it will start up off that drive.
     
  7. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    so a trayloading iMac is not USB (drive) bootable?
     

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