Power Book G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Berniemyk, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Berniemyk macrumors newbie

    Berniemyk

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    Hi, The hard drive for my Power Book G4 has died. Is there a way to use my WD External dive to re-boot my laptop.

    Thank you
     
  2. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

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    You should be able to run it off an external drive assuming the drive has a bootable os installed on it, hold down 'option' when you turn the PowerBook on and it'll display the available boot drives.
     
  3. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

    MisterKeeks

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    You can set it as default by going to System Preferences> Startup Disk, and selecting the external.
     
  4. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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  5. Falstaff macrumors member

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    This! As far as I have ever seen (and lord knows I've tried) the PB G4 can't boot from usb. But it can from firewire. I always keep a firewire drive around that has a small bootable partition on it for just such emergencies. You will loose portability if you choose this as a permanent option. Or at least it would be more inconvenient.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

    eyoungren

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    You can boot from USB. You just have to work it.
     

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