Is it Possible....

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Deputy-Dawg, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2006
    ...To create a bootable external hard disk (firewire) that can boot both an Intel MacBook Pro and an much older 17" PowerBook G4? If it cannot be done directly is it possible to paritition the disk and have a small bootable partition for each machine. My end purpose is to create disk images of the two machines using Carbon Copy Cloner so as to have clean images in the event of a major disaster.
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    You can't boot them both off the same image, just because Intel machines can't be booted off of PPC versions of OS X and vice-versa (specifically because OS X Intel is tied to specific machines because there's no retail version available yet). You can however create two partitions, one for each machine, and that should work.
  3. Deputy-Dawg thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2006
    I suspected that might be the case! How large a partition is needed for a minimum system install (10.4.x)
  4. fsckminix6 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2006
    Chicago (847)
    if i remeber right i think its like 3.5 or 4 gig
  5. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    Pasadena, Ca
    You might want to reserve 10 gigs for each partition for updates and stuff you never know you might put in there.

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