[conspire] Firewire os10 booting
mark at weisler-saratoga-ca.us
Sun Sep 10 12:42:43 PDT 2006
John Andrews wrote:
> This is slightly off topic but. I'm investigating about booting a slot loading
> imac from FW hard drive.( after updating the firmware and ram.) Some FW
> drives are kind of expensive and was wondering about firewire enclosures that
> can use a cheaper hard drive. I understand that there is one desirable chip
> that the good FW drives use. Has anyone had experience booting os 10.xx from
> a FW drive? The Mac forum guys gave me some good advice but was wondering
> what you guys think.
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One place to shop on the Web is www.outpost.com which is really Fry's.
You will see there that external firewire equipped enclosures cost
around $60 and then you add a drive. (Newegg is also an amazing shopping
and educational opportunity.)
An alternative is to buy an external firewire equipped drive ready to go.
Here's a portable one at $130...
This is one of the ones I use on Macintosh and Linux costing $200...
I also have Acomdata external drives. A couple are USB only and a couple
are USB and Firewire. I prefer to have firewire as it is effectively
faster at data transfer for me.
I've used products from Acomdata, Maxtor, and Seagate. Note that these
are marketing terms and companies, Acomdata in particular. Inside the
Acomdata is some well-known brand of drive. I've had good luck with all
of these on Macintosh and Linux. All work over firewire (but not USB) to
boot a Macintosh. For some iMacs we have in the family, I leave old OS 9
on the internal HD and put OSX on an external firewire equipped drive
resulting in a dual-boot option.
Another benefit of a firewire equipped external drive is that you can
use it for backup and also for learning about Linux. For example, trying
different formatting, partitioning, and file system options-even LVM.
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