install mac using flash drive

Apple Powermac g4-400 10gb 64mb dvd eol...
May 14, 2010 at 15:10:00
Specs: Mac OS 10.4.11, 1gb
how would i install mac os 10.4.6 using a flash drive

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#1
May 19, 2010 at 19:15:17
The easiest way may be buying a Snow Leopard USB Flash Drive for $70. The other cheaper do it yourself way is with an 8 GB Flash drive or larger. (You may try a 4 GB if you have it already and install a barebones OSX.6 System but it may result in insufficient space to work with) Is the same procedure with OSX4 and OSX5 but these use more space.

1. Insert your USB device
2. Insert the Apple OSX DVD and restart "holding C key" or restart from the OSX install disc.
3. Navigate the license's screens and before you begin the install screens go to "Utilities" / "Disk Utility" in the menu bar
4. Select the USB Flash Drive and then select Partition
5. Select 1 Partition and then click "Options"
6. In order to be able to restart from the flash drive Select GUID Partition
7. Name the Volume and click "Apply"
8. Now quit Disk Utility and follow the regular install process.

Because Snow Leopard takes less space than Leopard you should have more GBs available in your USB drive. Even so if I were you I would deselect all none used languages, printer drivers, etc and install a barebones
system.

You will notice a lower performance in the beginning but after a few minutes you'll see a substantial performance increase.


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#2
July 12, 2010 at 16:11:55
Um... no. And I'm saying that as respectfully as I can. The Disk Utility part is right, but try to image either your hard disk partition (if that's small enough to fit) or the CD to a flash drive. Make sure the capacity of the flash drive fits the media you are writing to.

- From Spotlight, type disk util and click "Disk Utility."
- Select the flashdrive in the left pane.
- Make sure it is formatted Mac OS Extended with
Journaling enabled.
- Click the Restore tab/tablet.
- Drag the CD or hard disk partition over.
- Now drag the partition from your flashdrive.
- Check the appropiate options and click Restore.
- Leave everything in and reboot.
- Hold option down when your Mac chimes.
- Click the drive and press a forward arrow or return.

Happy booting!


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#3
July 12, 2010 at 21:00:12
@agreimann

No problem at all. He wants to install from a Flash drive and not to a Flash drive as I indicated. I was wrong. There is a more direct way or a specific way to do this with a Flash drive, interesting!!, Thanks.


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#4
July 13, 2010 at 07:17:04
The easiest way may be buying a Snow Leopard

Jecs, he's using a Mac, not a PC. Snow Leopard does not work on Mac's, only PC hardware.

You (torn) need to acquire a RETAIL copy of (PPC) 10.4.x on CD, and a 4-8GB flash drive. Insert the flash drive, format it, restart the workstation, hold the Option key down, select the Mac OS 10.4 CD as the boot option, and install 10.4 on the flash drive. Simple as that.

$70... what a rip off.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#5
July 13, 2010 at 20:35:17
Yep, I get you Outlander. I went very far away with the $70 Snow Leopard drive...He did not even needed SL. Also I will never pay $70 for that either! but that may be an option for someone in a hurry with little Mac knowledge.

However I think agreimann has a very good point with his procedure as the question is about installing OSX.4 from a USB drive and not to a USB drive. And this is a extremely useful option for MacBook Air users without DVD drives. I never tried this and I was not aware it could be done that way.

Anyway torn, this question brings an interesting subject that I want to try for myself (and thanks to agreimann and Outlander for the corrections).


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#6
July 14, 2010 at 10:32:05
Ah... so he wants to have a USB drive to install OS-X from. woops.

Well.. If this was the OS 7 days I'd say just dump a finder and system file on the media to make it bootable and copy the install files to the drive, but alas, UNIX is not that easy. Maybe install a core OS-X install only on the USB drive and then copy the entire contents of the install DVD to the drive?

The problem with ANY flavor of UNIX is that it installs for that machine and that machine only. Trying to boot even a core install on another machine that was installed on a totally different machine is difficult to say the least. Freaking UNIX.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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