Installing Leopard on External Firewire Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mudaudio, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. mudaudio macrumors member

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    This may be a silly question - but is installing Leopard on an external firewire drive a 'normal', supporting activity, or rather is it something I should do at my peril?

    According to the offcial Leopard install guide, you should be able to install it to any available drive... But after searching through macrumors and google, I am left wondering if it's a bit tricky, or something to do at my peril.... Especially after seeing a macfixit guide on the subject which you have to register and pay for!

    Any furher links or resources on the subject would also be appreciated :)

    Sorry if this is a stupid question. Id like to do this so I can test OS X on an external drive before rolling it out to comps I need for my livelihood!

    thanks
    chris
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

    plinden

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    Installing on an external firewire drive is just exactly the same as installing on an internal drive. I haven't done it with Leopard, but have done it several times with Tiger. If it wasn't a supported procedure, Apple wouldn't allow you to do it.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Installing to a FireWire (USB too on Intel) drive and Target Disk Mode have saved me a lot of pain over the years.

    It's a great feature about Macs. ;)
     
  4. ivnj macrumors 65816

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    It is except I installed 10.4 on a USB intel mini 2gb ram 1.66. Now it crashed and I have no way to get the data off.

    ivnj
     
  5. mudaudio thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feeback...!

    And the info about USB drives working too. That means I don't even have to buy a new drive!!

    I guess I was a little sketched out by the mysterious macfixit 'guide', which made me think there was something more too it!

    again, thanks :)
     

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