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Hello all!

Is it possible to install your hackintosh disc into an external USB HD? And boot from it? I know how to do that but I just wanted to make sure it worked before I give it a try!

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I installed a copy onto my hdd in the computer and then moved it to an external case and it boots ok on usb. I haven't tried installing directly onto a usb drive though, anyone got that to work ok?

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yeah, I've heard this works fine... I read somewhere about a guy installing osx on his ipod, worked fine, just selected the ipod during the install and everything went smoothly.

just make sure your motherboard supports booting from your usb harddrive first though.... also remember that usb is pretty slow... might not be something you want to use on a daily basis.

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Yes, you can install into USB hard disk or even thumb drive of sufficient size. The only requirement is to have your motherbroad enable to oot from external USB. I even try to format the drive as GUID but it boots from some MB only.

Similarly, you can install in second hard disk. Use BIOS boot option or Grub to boot directly from second hard disk.

For speed wise, USB hard disk is a bit slower but modern one should be acceptable if you are not doing a lot of disk intensive operation.

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I used an Intel D915GUX, put XP on the IDE HD, put Kayway 10.5 on the SATA drive. I boot from the IDE drive, and with chain0 and the XP win.ini, I can choose XP or OSX86 at boot time. I generally choose OSX. It boots about 5x faster than XP. It's prettier, too.





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