Installing Leopard without losing files with a portable drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by spin360, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. spin360 macrumors member

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    So my friend has Tiger and would like to install Leopard, and I remember reading somewhere that you could install it without losing any of your files? Is that true and how do I go about doing that?

    I know you can install Leopard with an external hard drive, but my external is a bit different in that it is a portable drive. It has no external power source but simply powered by the USB. Will that still work? I guess it's almost like a giant flash drive.
     
  2. torchwood04 macrumors regular

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    You can either use archive and install or an upgrade install...
     
  3. torchwood04 macrumors regular

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    Oh, you can't install Leopard on a USB drive as of yet, you can on a Firewire however...
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    On Intel Macs, OSX can be installed on firewire and usb drive
    On PPC Macs, OSX can be installed on firewire drive
     

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