Can I Remote disk to a PPC Mac?

Volkstaia

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I have an Intel mac mini, it's great. but I'm thinking of getting a PowerMac and using it as a dedicated server/finalcutrenderer/seedbox, and my Mac mini is from 2012 so it doesn't have a disk drive. It isn't a big deal if I cant, as I don't miss my optical drive, but it'd be nice to rip soem CDs to my Mac.
 

Wildy

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Yes you can. Leopard (and probably Tiger) has many sharing options, one of which is 'DVD or CD Sharing'. It should appear on your list of network devices and can be used as if it were a regular optical drive. This page has everything you need to know: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5287
 

Volkstaia

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Can I use it to install snow leopard on my Intel machine? I need rosetta for the Final Cut version, unless I can pop an FCP 7 project file to the G4/G5 and FCP 5
 

Wildy

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The easiest way to do this would be to create a disk image of your SL install disk using the PowerMac, restore it onto a USB key, and then boot from the USB key on the Mini. There's a guide here: http://www.doitscared.com/1420/clone-mac-os-x-10-6-snow-leopard-install-dvd-to-usb-flash-drive/

The alternative would be to set up a NetBoot server. Normally you need OS X Leopard Server, but there is an alternative method listed here: https://wiki.uiowa.edu/display/mac/NetBoot+on+Mac+OS+X+Leopard+Client
 

AdrianK

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Mac mini is from 2012
Can I use it to install snow leopard on my Intel machine?
Unless there are exceptions that I'm not aware of, you can't install a version of OS X prior to what your hardware originally shipped with. Therefor no 2012 machines can run 10.6. People have made efforts to shoehorn it in, especially with the 2011 MBAs, but it was completely unusable. If you want rosetta you'll need to run 10.6 in a VM.