Boot Lion from SD Card

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Fozziebear40, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular

    Fozziebear40

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    Could you get a 32GB SD Card for the mini and use it to boot from? Not sure on speeds etc. and how good it would be (sorry I haven't searched this time)
     
  2. mrrippey macrumors regular

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  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I think you could do it. The SD card reader is just an internally connected USB. Speeds would be atrocious though. Good way to have a bootable backup image though
     
  4. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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  5. KennyW macrumors newbie

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    Not really so.

    My mid 2010 Mac Mini boots into Snow Leopard from a 16G Class 10 SD card with decent speed, at least faster the stock 5400rpm HD, but slower than a swapped in 240G SSD.
     
  6. AVonGauss macrumors regular

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    Finding a decent card at a decent price may be a challenge, but on the Mac Mini 2011 the SDXC reader is connected directly to the PCIe bus.
     
  7. Fozziebear40 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the info. Looks like it will work as a back up then. A poor mans SSD lol.
     

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