create bootable partition on external HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RedCroissant, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

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    Hello.

    I have an iBook G4 and would like to clone the HDD and make sure that the clone is a bootable partition on an existing external HDD.

    I just don't want to be on the hook for OS reinstallation costs when I could just do it myself. I saved myself a lot of money doing that with my iMac, but at least then I had the previous hard drive connected via a HDD docking station(with which the iBook's IDE/ATA 100 drive isn't compatible). Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

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    Download Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper!. Then, open Disk Utility and connect your external drive. Create a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition on the external drive. Open up CCC or SD! and navigate to the HFS+ partition you just created to start the cloning.

    To test whether it's bootable or not, restart the Mac and hold alt/option key while it boots. You should get a list of boot disks including your internal HDD, a recovery partition, and the clone you just created.
     
  3. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    Thanks! I actually still have the .dmg for the free version. I just wonder if it's compatible with PowerPC.
     
  4. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    Worked like a charm! That's awesome! Now I can get to work cloning Leopard from my iMac G5 and see what I can do with that. Is it normal for the OS to be running better over firewire than on the installed HDD? Or am I just crazy? The reason I am asking is because it feels more responsive.
     

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