Fast USB Flash Drive?

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  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

    ziggyonice

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    I'm looking around for a USB flash drive stick that is fast enough to run OS X off of it. So I'm thinking an 8GB or 16GB, but any idea on what is a good speed? I've tried it out already on a USB stick I just had lying around, but it runs pretty slow. What's the fastest flash drive out there right now?

    Any ideas? Thanks!


    P.S. I'm considering this one.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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  3. Pili macrumors regular

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  4. cjscrofani macrumors newbie

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    If I'm not mistaken I'm pretty sure OS X can't be run of a USB device, only FireWire. You might want to look into a FireWire external hard drive.
     
  5. gerabbi macrumors regular

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    Intel's are USB bootable.
     
  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    So are some PPC machines.
     
  7. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    Intel Imac's are definatly USB bootable. I just cloned my harddrive to upgrade it and booted off the USB version to make sure it was a good copy before I pulled the drive to swap.

    Do you plan on booting OSX alot off the usb drive? wouldnt the page files ruin the drive after awhile?
     
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I would suggest considering an external FW hard drive.

    It will be much faster, and will enable you to clone your internal HD. A nice way to make a backup.
     

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