Updating firmware without OS X

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jakaj, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. jakaj macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2006

    I know this is a Win on Mac category, but it applies to Windows as well.

    I will be running Linux on a Macbook and won't be needing OS X at all. Therefore I want to dedicate the entire HDD to Linux.

    My question is, if I do that, is it still possible to somehow update the Macbook, if an update for some hardware component comes out?

    Is it possible to install Mac OS X on usb/external drive/dvd and boot it from there, just to apply any updates?

  2. miker51 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
    Hard at work
    You can use a utility like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to copy your OS X install to an external firewire drive and make it bootable. You would then be able to boot from that in the future. I don't believe that Macs can boot from an external USB drive, has to be firewire.

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