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2006 Intel iMac. I wanted to boot Linux on USB HDD. Wanted to leave OSX on the iMac's internal HDD. Tried many ways. I suspect the iMac will not boot to the external drive becaues of the iMac's firmware. The Linux is configured to boot a Mac.


I have Linux installed in a 2006 MacBook. I tried booting the above mentioned USB Linux HDD but it would not boot.


Am I correct in thinking that it is the Mac hardware, firmware that is preventing booting to an external USB Drive?


No, I do not want to run the Mac from a USB stick.

Is it a Power PC or an intel-based mac? I'Ve noticed that it does not work with some external HDD cases. But more important are the File Systems supportrf by the mac this old…

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