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Success: Booting Mac OS X Tiger from USB External Drive


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Hi All!


One of my friends asked me if it was possible to install dual boot of Tiger and Leopard on an Apple MacBook Pro. The question gave me an idea: I wondered if it was possible to install OSx86 on regular PC using an External Drive.


I received Vantec Nexstar3 2.5" USB Hard Drive enclosure yesterday. I had Toshiba 2.5" 40GB as spare drive. I placed the Hard Drive into the Enclosure, and booted with Myzar OSx86 10.4.6 DVD-ROM on my Dell Inspiron 1300 Laptop.


Mac OS X Installer showed up as usual and I proceeded with the install on my External Hard Drive (named Danyel-x86). After install was complete, I rebooted. Soon, I was presented with Apple's Migration Assistant where I selected the Internal Hard Drive to migrate from. Apple's Migration Assistant copied all of my Applications, Documents and User Settings.


After that, I was able to boot straight into Mac OS X (10.4) using my External USB Drive (!)


I had to perform one hack (Broadcom Wireless to be recognized as Airport) and one software re-install (Unsanity's ShapeShifter to modify interface to look like Leopard) but otherwise the migration went flawlessly.


I'm typing this message from Mac OS X on the External drive.


Good luck with your installation. Booting from an External USB or Firewire Drive can be another option for running Mac OS X.


--danyel :(


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