Boot MacBook off desktop hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by emettsantucci, May 24, 2011.

  1. emettsantucci macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2010
    I have a 2006 MacBook that the hard drive just died on. I also have an iMac g5. I want to be cheap and not buy a new drive for my laptop or a new computer, so is there a way to boot the laptop off of the desktop drive? That would be really helpful! Thanks
  2. gr8tfly, May 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    If you're asking about booting using the iMac itself as an external drive (unless I missed something), it will not work because of the difference in processors - PPC vs Intel.

    Replacement SATA drives for the MacBook are fairly inexpensive. $42 for 160GB 5400, $55 for 500GB at Amazon.
  3. emettsantucci thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2010
    I had the laptop running off of an external FireWire 400 drive that I had. I used the G5 to install Leopard onto it, and I used an Apple Partition Map that is meant to only boot up PPC and that worked really well until that died to. I will just buy a replacement drive, thanks for your help. :)

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