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

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    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?

    Thanks
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    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

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    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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