create bootable partition on external HDD

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

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011

    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

    Jun 26, 2012
    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

    Aug 13, 2011
    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

    Aug 13, 2011
    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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