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    Mar 16, 2008
    Installing OS Using Firewire?
    If my moniker is to be believed, then I should know the answer to this question -- but I don't.

    Could I theoretically install a Mac OS on another Mac using a Firewire port?

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    Noels's Avatar
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    Mar 03, 2008
    Annapolis, MD

    I just downloaded SuperDuper backup and used it today preparatory to changing to a larger hard drive to back up my Macbook. SuperDuper recommends using a firewire external hard drive to back up your Macbook, so that means they expect you to restore your backup (including the OS) using a firewire port.

    So theoretically, you could install your OS on another Mac by backing it up from your current machine using SuperDuper (via firewire) and put it on another machine (hard drive) using it via firewire as well.

    Long way to say "Yes."


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    Member Since
    Mar 16, 2008
    Thanks a lot, Noel.

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    Aptmunich's Avatar
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    Mar 09, 2004
    Yeah: You can also just insert the install DVD in a host Mac's DVD drive, put that Mac in target firewire mode by rebooting and holding down the "t" key and then install OS X from that Mac's DVD drive using a firewire cable connected to another Mac.

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    Sep 15, 2006
    Oxford, UK

    I have copies of Tiger and Leopard on 2 external firewire hard drives.

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