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Hacks   - 04/27/2006

The return of the return of iPod booting: how to boot an Intel Mac

Christopher Breen on Playlistmag.com writes on this (still) hot topic.

Earlier this week I walked through my experience of configuring a 5G iPod so that it could boot an Intel Mac. This naturally led to a hail of “but what about other iPods?” questions. Here’s the dope:

Any full-sized iPod that can be synced over FireWire can boot a Mac that supports FireWire booting (and this is just about any Mac after the Power Mac G4 [PCI Graphics]). If you have a PowerPC-based Mac, you can treat the full-sized FireWire iPod just like any other external hard drive. Connect it to your Mac, insert your Mac OS X Install disc, run the installer, and choose the iPod as the destination volume.

This topic has been described several times, but then again:

If you have an Intel-based Mac, the Mac OS X installer will tell you that the iPod isn’t a valid target. Because it isn’t, you must clone a working startup volume intended to boot an Intel Mac to the iPod using the method I described in my previous entry. (This is important. You can’t boot an Intel Mac with an OS designed for PowerPC Macs and vice versa—each flavor of the Mac OS to its own, please.)


Source: Playlistmag.com    
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