Can an iMac boot from USB

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AV8TOR, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. AV8TOR macrumors regular

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    Sorry new guy here, I am finding conflicting information when I search but can a new iMac boot from a USB drive? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Yes. All x86 (Intel) Macs are capable of doing that.

    The ones coming with a PPC CPU couldn't, but since 2006 Apple uses x86 CPUs and chipsets.

    What conflicting information have you found?
     
  3. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    Most can, actually, starting with 10.4.3.
     
  4. AV8TOR thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is basically what conclusion I came to by reading but the ones that said that you could not did not indicate if they were Intel based as you also indicate. Thank you
     
  5. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    I thought the distinction was that PPC can boot to FireWire only, Intels can boot to FireWire OR USB...
     
  6. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    http://bit.ly/6urJbc
     
  7. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Nifty, thanks for the link! I am not afraid to admit I don't know everything :)
     
  8. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Seems a complicated way of doing things. I'd stick to Firewire.
     

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