How to get a system on a USB drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by grimjaws, May 31, 2011.

  1. grimjaws, May 31, 2011
    Last edited: May 31, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    #1
  2. AdrianK, May 31, 2011
    Last edited: May 31, 2011

    macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    #2
    Irrelevant, read rest of thread :p


    Boot off your OS X install disk
    Go to disk utility and format the USB stick as 'Mac OS Extended' (I think non-journalled is the way to go for flash memory...?). This will delete everything off the drive, so make sure it's empty or contains nothing important before proceeding.
    Set the destination drive as your USB stick and start the install
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #3
    But will it work with a PPC Mac? I only knew one could clone an existing Mac OS X onto a USB device and then boot from that, or one could use the method the OP linked to.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    #4
    But why the need to clone, is it not possible to get past the set-up phase when booting from USB? Because otherwise I see no difference.

    My instructions were just for getting OS X installed on the USB stick, before following the rest of the guide. I haven't installed OS X to a USB drive on a PPC, but I see no reason why the drive wouldn't show up under disk utility and the installer.
     
  5. macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2011
    #5
    ONLY 2005+ G5 models and last generation Powerbook models can boot from USB. I installed 10.5 on my DC2.3 G5 (FAR faster than booting from a DVD) but it failed every time on my 1.6 G5.

    You must clone the DVD to the USB drive. Copy will not work.
     
  6. AdrianK, May 31, 2011
    Last edited: May 31, 2011

    macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    #6
    There are a couple of people in the comments who stated that it worked fine in an iBook G4. Also the author states that it worked on a PowerBook which was either rev B or C (E being the last).

    Ugh, the step on the guide is extremely ambiguous:
    Sorry for any confusion :p

    To the OP, if you want to write the OS X installed to the USB stick:
    • Open Disk Utility
    • Format the USB stick as 'Mac OS Extended' (I think non-journalled is the way to go for flash memory...?). Go to 'Options' and make sure the This will delete everything off the drive, so make sure it's empty or contains nothing important before proceeding.
    • Insert your OS X install DVD
    • Click on the USB stick, then the 'Restore' tab.
    • Drag the mounted OS X install disk in to the 'Source' field
    • Drag the USB stick in to the 'Destination' field
    • Then start the process
     
  7. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #7
    I'll add that its worked for me on several PowerBook G4 revisions (15" Alu D and E, so not just the last revision)
     

Share This Page