Installing Mac Snow Leopard Onto External HDD For PC Possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by staticrev, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. staticrev macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    Is it possible to use iBoot and a retail mac snow leopard cd to install mac onto a external hard drive to use with my pc

    If so, how?

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    not without a lot of messing around. You cannot simply install on a HD and expect it to work on a PC.
  3. yiyopr macrumors member

    May 19, 2009
    nope, you need to install a modified version of snow leopard to make it bootable into any computer that is not a mac. You can't use a legitimate mac installation in a PC, even with a bootloader such as iboot, it will make the drive visible, but the OS would kernel panic or simply not start. You will need to install a modified Snow leopard installation onto the harddrive, its not really that hard, all you really need is a bootloader, and another mac (you'll have to use Disk Utility before to prepare the drives and rip the snow leopard dvd into a .dmg, so the file can be altered freely). Google is your friend with this.

    Edit: In retrospect, it may actually boot your backup. Install Chameleon RC5 into the hard drive you have Snow Leopard in and want to use on a PC. Then try to boot from the hdd, if it works, congrats, if it doesnt, make sure you backed up your ****!

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