Is this possible?

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  1. jkaz macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I am interested if this will work.

    I would like to purchase a fresh copy of OSX and FireWire Hard Drive.

    Next, I would like to install OSX on to the hard drive.

    After that, I would like to install brand new versions of software that I use, Final Cut Pro for example.

    Then, I would like to take this hard drive over to my friends house and plug it into his mac and boot my hard drive with my OSX and software on it.

    Does it work this way?

    Thanks!
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    It is definitely possible, dont think you would even need to purchase a new copy of OS X
     
  3. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, just be sure to select the system in your hard drive as the startup disk and you'll be fine
     
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Or if the mac is already off, hold down option to and select your drive
     
  5. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    As other posters have stated, it can defintely be done. On the other hand, it will be quite slow... don't expect FCP to perform top notch.
     
  6. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Not if its FireWire 800, roughly it should give you a transfer rate of nearly 90MB/s which is above the real time write/read performances of even the fastest (or nearly) of HDDs.
     
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    It won't be extremely that slow. A Firewire drive will generally perform similar to a 5200 RPM ATA hard drive.

    Also, it may be easier to clone the driver rather than reinstall OS X. Carbon Copy Cloner and Super Duper are two that I've used. I use CCC often.
     
  8. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Not quite, by these benchmarks:

    Barefeats
     

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