USB Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jbrown, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2002

    I have a two 20GB Travelstar hard drives ( lapbook drive size ), in external USB 1.1 housings.

    What I am looking to do is copy all my files of my 1.25 Poowerbook, reformat / partition my PB hard drive, and then re-install the files I need. I want to keep my system as it is. My plan is:

    Carbon Copy the system onto the 20GB disk - then copy all files. Once done - re- CarbonCopy the system back onto my Powerbook, and then copy over the files I want.

    Other than taking a long time - are there any problems with an external USB 1.1 drive setup?? Can I boot from it? Any suggestions?

  2. macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I don't think you can boot from it. At least you can't on a new ibook or a 1ghz TI Powerbook. You need a firewire enclosure for your laptop drives in order to boot externally.
  3. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    California's right as usual. You can only boot from Firewire. :(

    Booting from USB 1.1 would be unbearable anyway.

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