Installing Leopard on External Firewire Drive

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

  1. mudaudio macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    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!

  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    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


    Mar 23, 2005
    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

    Dec 8, 2006
    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.

  5. mudaudio thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    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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