How to boot firewire?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by trewyn15, May 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    I need to boot from firewire with my PowerBook, so I'm guessing I'll need to boot from my HDD or a flash drive.

    My .dmg file that I need to boot from extracts to about 21.6GB or something of that nature, so a Dual Layer disc won't work.

    My problem is that I don't have a firewire drive, can I convert from USB to firewire and still have it work?

    Also, will my PowerBook G4 boot from a HDD, or is there a format for Macs that will accept a 20+GB file?

    I feel like this is my last option right now for this .dmg file.
  2. macrumors P6


    PowerPC Macs can boot from a USB drive.
  3. macrumors 6502

    PowerBook G4 on 10.3.9, can't boot from USB until 10.4 lol
  4. macrumors P6


    It can boot via USB from every version of Mac OS that it can natively boot from on its hard drive.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Do you know what format the USB must be then?

    I read elsewhere that you cannot boot from USB on PowerBook G4 on 10.3.9, it wasn't available until 10.4. It was only firewire before that.

    I'll have to look into doing it on my girlfriends Macbook Pro. Is there a guide to do this through disc manager?


    Sorry for the hassle and questions lol I'd just like to get this going so I can actually use this Powerbook lol
  6. macrumors P6


    The USB drive must be HFS+ and APM with a bootable 9.2.X through 10.5.8 OS on it.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Perfect, thank you for the input.

    Any clues on how to make an HFS+ APM drive and mount 10.5 to it?
  8. macrumors 603


    Open Disk Utility, click on the HD, select partition, select 1 or more partitions, click the Option button, select Apple Partition Map, apply, that's it.
    Then install OS X on it, it is bootable.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Thank you so much, lets hope I can get it to work. I only have a 16GB flash drive, seems like the .dmg file was larger than that when extracted.

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