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OS X and a G4

By jthibodeau ·
does anybody know of a way to get a Mac G4 to boot from a firewire drive? I'm trying to load an image that has OS X.3 without having to install a DVD drive in them because they are a pain in the arse to work on.


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by Jaqui In reply to OS X and a G4

create a boot device partition that points to the firewire drive.

you will probably need to edit the open firmware to make sure it loads the firewire drive before it starts the boot device.

also, the image will neet to be bootable, or it won't work.

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If you already have the boot image on the FireWire drive...

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...then all you need to do is:

1. Boot from the internal HDD as usual.
2. Connect the FireWire drive and let it mount.
3. Start "System Preferences";
4. Click on "Startup Disk". It will find your bootable FireWire drive and list it in the list of OS images you can boot from.
5. Select the icon corresponding to the Mac OS X image on the FireWire drive and click "Restart".
6. Your Mac will restart and boot from the Mac OS image on the FireWire drive.

Note: You can create multiple bootable partitions on a single FireWire drive and choose different OSes to boot from.

Mine is an eMac running OS X 10.3.

Does this solve your issue? Or, is there more to it?

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