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    Booting windows from USB Macbook A1502
    Hello,

    I have recently gotten a larger amount of older macbooks (2014-2017 models).

    My job is to extract the specifications from these models, to do that i use AIDA64, running in a windows enviroment/WinPE.
    Ive had succes botting older Macbooks from USB using an ISO that boots towards my PE where it connects to our internal server and im able to extract the data that way.

    But these models seem to work diferently, the usb is formatted with MBR-NTFS, and it works on the older models, aswell as anything from Lenovo/HP/Dell.


    My question is if anyone have experiance booting macbooks 2013 and forwards from USB into something that is not a fresh version of MacOS.
    Any pointers are greatly apriciated.



    Best regards
    Noxivus

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    Booting windows from USB Macbook A1502
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    Quote Originally Posted by noxivus View Post
    Hello,

    I have recently gotten a larger amount of older macbooks (2014-2017 models).

    My job is to extract the specifications from these models, to do that i use AIDA64, running in a windows enviroment/WinPE.
    Ive had succes botting older Macbooks from USB using an ISO that boots towards my PE where it connects to our internal server and im able to extract the data that way.

    But these models seem to work diferently, the usb is formatted with MBR-NTFS, and it works on the older models, aswell as anything from Lenovo/HP/Dell.


    My question is if anyone have experiance booting macbooks 2013 and forwards from USB into something that is not a fresh version of MacOS.
    Any pointers are greatly apriciated.
    What operating system are you trying to boot up on these Macbooks? I'm assuming Windows since the USB device you mentioned is formatted with MBR-NTFS. If you take a look at EveryMac.com, you can see what the minimum supported OS is for every Mac made, including Windows. If you have a variety of MacBook models, for example MacBook Airs and Pros in the mix, then the differences continue. For example, the 2015 MacBook can run Windows 8 at the minimum and Mac OS X 10.10.2 at the minimum but the 2015 MacBok Air will run Windows 7. With regards to OS X, the ".2" is particularly relevant because the .0 and .1 releases won't have the hardware support for this model since they came before this model was released. The newer the model, the greater the restrictions become. The 2016 models will boot Windows 8, but OS X is 10.11.4 at the minimum.

    So, offhand since you are working with 2014-2017 model years, you should be able to count on being able to boot up macOS 10.13 and 10.14. As for Windows, it looks like they all will boot off Windows 10. In fact, Windows 10 (64-bit!) is the only version that the 2017 MacBook Pro will run.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Quote Originally Posted by noxivus View Post
    My question is if anyone have experiance booting macbooks 2013 and forwards from USB into something that is not a fresh version of MacOS.
    Any pointers are greatly apriciated.

    Best regards
    Noxivus
    I don't really understand why you want to use a Windows program to extract the specs of a particular Mac.

    What specific specs do you want to extract?
    Do these Macs no longer boot up on whatever macOS is installed?
    Once booted, each Mac will provide pretty much all the spec info of that unit.

    If they no longer boot up in macOS at all and since you have a larger number of them, I would install Sierra on one, make a clone of Sierra which they all should boot up from (2012 to 2017), boot each Mac which should take less than 3 minutes and then just extract the spec of each Mac that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post
    I don't really understand why you want to use a Windows program to extract the specs of a particular Mac.

    What specific specs do you want to extract?
    Do these Macs no longer boot up on whatever macOS is installed?
    Once booted, each Mac will provide pretty much all the spec info of that unit.

    If they no longer boot up in macOS at all and since you have a larger number of them, I would install Sierra on one, make a clone of Sierra which they all should boot up from (2012 to 2017), boot each Mac which should take less than 3 minutes and then just extract the spec of each Mac that way.
    Hello,

    We run AIDA64 in our windows enviroment. Using AIDA we can send a report of the specs to our ERP(Navision). This is fully automatic once we get it booted into windows, making it very fast for us to gather all the specs we require.
    I know that we can manualy see all the specs from the terminal or "About this mac", but it's ineficient for us to do it this way, as we then manually have to type the data into our Navision.

    All the units have macOS installed.

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