Another noob question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wayne s, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Wayne s macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to install Tiger and boot from it from my Iomega external HD.

    Don't have any real need to do it, just messing around.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I believe only from an external firewire drive, not from an external USB drive, although someone will correct me if I'm mistaken.
     
  3. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, should have mentioned that it is a USB drive.
     
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Depends on the mac to whether you are right or not.

    New macs can boot off usb drives and some older ones can.



    What computer do you have?
     
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  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Did they come with Tiger pre-installed?

    If it did they you can use the install discs and install it on the external.

    Tiger was never released to retail as a universal binary so you need the computer install disc to install it for it to work with an intel machine.
     
  7. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, the Mac came with Tiger on the 2 install disks, and I got Leopard with the up to date program.
     
  8. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could not get it to work. When I boot from the Tiger install disk there is an exclamation mark on the external drive and it says "can not install OSX on this drive" or words to that effect.
     
  9. karenflower macrumors 6502a

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    Have you formatted the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)?
     
  10. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes I did format to what you suggested. In the end I just partitioned my internal drive and am running Tiger from there.

    Any other advice for booting from the external would be great.
     

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