Install Mac OS 9 on Flash Drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nylock10, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. nylock10 macrumors regular

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    Hey,

    My friend has an iMac G5 and a copy of Mac OS 9, plus a 512MB flash drive.

    Is it possible to boot up the Mac OS 9 CD and install it to the 512MB flash drive, is that enough space and does OS 9 support booting from a flash drive?
     
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    only Intel macs boot from USB, but they will not boot into OS 9.
     
  4. yippy macrumors 68020

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    This won't work for many reasons.

    1) Only Intel machines can boot from USB.
    2) Mac OS 9 will not boot on anything newer than a G4.

    However, you might be able to put OS 9 (by dragging a system folder onto the drive) on the drive and then using classic mode which is running OS 9 apps from within OS X.
     
  5. Lixivial macrumors 6502a

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    Apple begs to differ.

    You are correct in your second point that this is a fruitless exercise as it will only result in failure. iMac G5's will not boot Mac OS 9 EDIT: and thus will not be able to install from the CD. Your process should work, though, in dragging the System Folder from the Mac OS 9 CD onto the flash drive and pointing Classic to it.
     
  6. McGiord, Jan 26, 2008
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