MBP SD Card Slot Can Boot OSX!!!

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    Does this mean that rather than partitioning my hard drive, I can put Vista on a SD card and boot it? (I'm a bit tech stupid)
     
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    Yea it's a shame they won't support SDXC cards though :-(
     
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    whats sd....is that like a shrunk down expresscard slot ?

    "hides under desk"
     
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    ITS SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW not wonderful
     
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    Probably not, especially if the SD Card slot is on the USB bus???

    Windows does not like booting off of external devices from what I hear. It has to do with how the Windows OS handles them.

    I know it doesn't work from the USB ports.
     
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    Can a firmware solve this matter?
     
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    It is slow as all hell to boot from, in addition to the fact the new port provides a 32 GB card limit.
     
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    The existing MacBooks can boot from an SD card under Mac OS X (when using a USB-based card reader). As for speed, I've seen posts where the previous generation MacBook would boot from a class 4 SDHC card in about two minutes, versus about 45 seconds from the MacBook's internal hard drive.
     
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    hahahahaha, i proud i have express card slot. :D

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    True, that really would have changed my perception on it, at least.
     
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    Instead of ditching the Expresscard they should have introduced Expresscard 2.0 (specs came out in March). Now, that would be SOMETHING.
     
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    i also don't see how this is interesting. osx has always been able to boot off of anything that can hold it, whether my compact flash, a usb drive, firewire, internal/external disks: everything.
     
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    i'm wondering if i can boot windows xp from the sd.
    so i don't have to use my hardware to create a new bootcamp partition.
    when i need windows xp, just insert the sd card and boot
     
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    the limited write cycles on sd...wouldent be long before you replace the sd card because its write cycles are used up.
     
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    i run most windows app from vmware. i just need bootcamp when i can't use vmware like flash the ssd firmware.
     
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    Just read on ifixit that the SD cards don't sit flush. (Says they stick out almost .5") That's a shame. Was hoping I could keep a 16/32gb card in there for added storage.
     
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    I don't know what the big deal is.. you could always boot an intel mac off a usb hard drive or flash drive too.. :rolleyes:

    I have the OS X 10.5.6 dvd imaged on an 8gb usb flash drive and do installs from it all the time.. Its super fast.
     
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    Apple has stated that Leopard can be installed onto an SD card in the new MacBook Pro's. Does anybody know if this is the case with an SD card reader connected to an ExpressCard slot as well?
     
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    This is weak

    Apple should of put other ports on there too such as memory stick, sony makes good cameras, do you guys think they can make a sd and memory stick in one port?
     
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    Sony is ditching their proprietary memory format because there is no reason for it.
     
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    And only Sony uses it. I assume it is PSP_Fan_O?
     

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