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    use ipod as a bootable hard disk

    can anybody tell me how i need to prepare my ipod in order to use it as a bootable hard disk with tiger on it (to install)

    through fire-wire cable...

    is fat32 ok, or do i need to make it os extended in disk utility?

    i have been trying at this for a while now and it aint working.


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    Feb 02, 2004
    Two articles from Apple:
    Quote Originally Posted by Apple iPod FAQ
    Question: Can I start up my computer using iPod?
    Answer: Yes, iPod can be loaded with system software and used as a startup disk for your Mac or to install system software on your Mac. Using iPod to start up your Mac with system software is an unsupported feature. iPod cannot be used to start up a PC.

    Two- Don't use iPod as a startup disk
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    thefarky's Avatar
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    Dec 14, 2006
    MacBook - White: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Ram, 80GB Hard Drive, Double-layer SuperDrive
    Well, I'm pretty sure that you can just connect at boot with the Tiger install CD in. Then, when it asks you where you want to install OSX just point to your iPod. Note that you will LOSE any data you have on the iPod.

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    Oct 07, 2005
    MBP CD 1.83/2ghz/7200 100g + Mini 2ghz C2D 2gb + Mini 1.42ghz G4 + PM 7200/120 + Newton OMP
    Apple may not support this, but it is possible to do. I think the primary reason not to is that the HD in the iPod is really slow, and not designed for the amount of activity involved in using it as a startup volume.

    Still, if you can spare the room, it's not a bad way to carry a portable emergency boot drive with you. Check out Micromat's new Protogo software - it's designed to be installed on a device such as an iPod (it's like their Protege product, only you supply the boot device).

    I'm not sure though how this is better than just carrying a boot DVD/CD with you though, but it's there if you want it.

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