Power Mac G4 Installing Leopard Through usb HDD

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  1. aad4321 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I have 2 MAC G4's and I just put new harddrives in them. The harddrives were formaly running windows. I have an img copy of Leopard and I was wondering how I could install leopard from a usb HDD. I am using a windows PC to transfer the files to the Harddive.... Do i just extract the cd image to the harddrive? Then once I boot up i see a folder with a ? i believe... How do i change the boot order so it will boot from the USB HDD?

    Sorry i dont know a lot about mac.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. ZunePod macrumors regular

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    Is this a used version of Leopard ie. Has personal data stored within it?

    Or is this just the retail version.

    If it's the first instace you'll need to have it running on a machine and then use Firewire and target disk mode to transfer the whole thing.

    If its the second instance: Firstly, it's illegal to have a reatil version of leoprd as an ISO Image, but secondly it needs to be burned to a DVD-RW and then installed on your machine via an Optical Drive.
     
  3. aad4321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its the second one. So you dont think that I can place the Leopard cd files to a HDD and boot off of it? How would i get into those boot settings anyway?
     
  4. ZunePod macrumors regular

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    You need to burn it to a disc, its an ISO right?
     
  5. aad4321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah. Rather than waiting for DL's to come in the mail i will just ask a friend for the DVD. I may even just put tiger on it. Do you think i shoul do tiger or leopard on theese old things?
     
  6. ZunePod macrumors regular

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    Leopard, better optimization.
     
  7. GGGUUUYYY macrumors regular

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    What are the computer specs?
     
  8. aad4321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    NOO idea lol, i got them for free. thats why i want to boot them up.
     
  9. sngx1275 macrumors regular

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    Probably should run Tiger.

    But, I'm running Leopard on a G4 533 :) It can be done, but I did it more for the novelty, Tiger is probably going to run a lot better on a G4.
     
  10. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    I agree with going with Tiger. Depending on the specs, Leopard will run, but certain aspects may be a bit slow. Tiger will run better for sure however.
     
  11. kahlil88 macrumors member

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    Tiger definitely runs better, but how fast is the CPU? I don't think Macs will boot from USB drives, but I have installed Leopard from an external FireWire hard drive by cloning the disc image to a partition. I think it's a brilliant idea because USB 2.0 and FireWire are faster than a CD, and you don't have to worry about the installer crashing because of scratches.
     
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