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But in specific, late answer to the question, yes, most flash drives bootable ones--some early ones aren't bootable, and some early and maybe some later? USB drives aren't bootable will boot OS Some late-model Powerbook G4s don't seem to be able to boot from USB, but I haven't tested that much, to see if something else was going on that might be resolvable. Do you have a GUID partitioned drive with the system files?

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If the answers to the above questions are both yes, I think so So this ability to do so now is new and perhaps not as simple as "now it works. This is weird, because I was recently trying to do exactly this, to implement another tip here regarding making a single drive that could boot both Intel and PPC Macs. When it came time to install Tiger on the PPC partition, it woudn't let me, stating something like "can't install on this drive because this computer cannot be started up using this drive".

So what gives here? My co-worker and I did this a few years back with a G3 iBook, 32MB flash stick I don't call them drives, they aren't drives! It booted very slowly, but worked. For those of you who have trouble; Is your system blessed on the external drive? Here is the difference; A disk requires a drive to operate, and that is two devices. If you read the below definition, it implies that there are TWO devices. A device that reads data from and often writes data onto a storage medium, such as a floppy disk.

This has been possible for quite some time, at least since If I'm not mistaken, this is how they do software restores at Apple retail stores, though I'll bet they use firewire whenever possible. Thanks, Nate PS I have the enclosure, but my backup drive is dead, so im trying to figure out whether i should just get a firewire or 3x interface external drive instead.

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It's a distinction that has no real meaning. A flash drive is conceptually two devices. It's the storage media and the logic and electronics that know how to invoke a state change to store and retrieve data thereon. Just because they happen to be in the same package doesn't really invalidate it. A hard nee fixed disk drive is only a single device as well. I found the following interesting anomaly when attempting to boot from my USB 2.

First I tried to make a clone of my Mac's drive using RsyncX. While it appears that the synchronization process was successful, I found I was not able to boot from the remote drive as I expected it's well known that booting from an external USB drive isn't supported on Macs. I then tried, as the comment suggested, making my backup clone with SuperDuper!.

Somehow, my Mac was actually able to boot off the USB 2. I don't know exactly what SuperDuper! I'll provide my system information in case it helps someone figure out why this worked. Powerbook G4 12" PowerPC 1. Hmm, same machine here, well, almost: Made a clone with SuperDuper 2.

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  • Looked good, almost everything got across oK except, thankfully, for the virtual memory partitions;- , but no-go. Not with option at startup, nor selectable in the Startup Disk Panel. I did the backup with the formatting option and the permissions repair enabled, but that shouldn't do any damage. So, what am I missing here? Though other factors might be at play: Not so easy as it makes it sound. So I created my own custom copy script in superduper, to exclude my the folders that contain large amounts of data i don't need backed up.

    This cut down the size to something that fits. Superduper says it did it all, but alas, i cannot get it to appear in startup disk panel, or by holding option at startup, or even with the older Open Firmware bit. I have a G5 quad powermac, SuperDuper said at the end of the process that the drive was made bootable, but the SuperDuper website is clear that this should not work on a USB drive. After the copy was made, i noticed that the number of files copied was a little less than the total number of files, whatever that means.

    Only the computer hard drive showed up with the system. After I read this hint, i tried holding down the Option key and restarting but it didn't bring up the external disk partition--the only choice that came up was the computer hard drive system folder. I tried it twice. I may be doing something incorrectly. I replaced the iBook hard drive and didn't have a CD version of Tiger. The external drive is an old USB klunker.

    I did find that the DVD drive you use makes a great difference. I have three drives that would not boot my iBook. I am using an imac.

    I need to wipe the drives on several Macs the school district is getting rid of and some of the CD roms don't work. I copied the OSX disc to my drive and tried to boot from the flash, but it doesnt see it. It only gives me the arrows and sees no drive.

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    Any ideas? I'm not sure how SuperDuper would work in this instance. Hi all! Here is my "success" story I had a PB G4 with a dead internal hd, and I have bought an external usb 2. I was told by apple tech support, that booting off the external drive is impossible on g4 computers. Then, I have stumbled upon this site, and with SuperDuper, I have made a complete backup of the neighbour's mac mini. I borrowed the mini, did the backup, and in SuperDuper, all of the booting related options were greyed out. I have tried booting the mini from the external drive, and it did not work.

    Even if i held down the option key, the drive did not show up in the bios.

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    I wasn't able to select it as a startup disk, either. Then, I was curious, how would my PB react to this new situation with a -supposedly- bootable version of And, tadaa, as I went into the bios, the drive showed up! I was able to boot the system, and I can use it now, it's not really slow at all for general usage. Only the booting is slightly longer than usual. I didn't really notice anything bad, all the new hardware parts, airport, etc were detected instantly.

    It is working fine, however, there are strange things. Sometimes, the drive doesn't appear in the bios, but boots. Sorry for the long post, and the bad english. Best I can tell, from my experience and that of people posting above: February 27, at 3: Billy says: April 29, at 2: Duco says: May 17, at 3: May 19, at 7: June 2, at July 2, at 9: July 13, at 9: January 7, at 8: Nachtigall says: October 14, at Cassporilla says: December 15, at 1: December 15, at 2: Sean S says: Then drag your USB stick from the left pane to the Destination field.

    Make sure you select the partition and not the drive itself for the destination. In my case using 8. Then click Restore. It will ask for your user password and then sit back and wait. Mine took about 20 minutes to complete. For this to work for me, I had to ensure there was no disc in the CD drive of the Clamshell. It only took a minute to get to the installer screen. Low End Mac is funded primarily through donations.