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Clever idea: A Mac built on a portable hard drive you can carry in your pocket

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And the portable Mac/drive has a ton of memory:

A portable external hard drive that’s at least the same size (preferably larger) than your Mac’s boot drive. This 1TB Western Digital USB 3.0 drive will set you back under $100, offers tons of space, and is small enough to go anywhere.

That’s from a Lifehacker post that explains how to build the portable Mac—which you plug into an actual Mac and then boot it from the hard-drive clone, which runs it. Limitations:

This method works well with Macs running OS X 10.4 “Tiger” forward. Just be careful that you’re booting a Mac with the same operating system on it. You may run into issues trying to boot an older OS to a Mac that shipped with a newer one on it (trying to boot Leopard to a Mac that shipped with Lion, for example) but you shouldn’t have a problem as long as your portable Mac is up to date and running the most recent version of the OS. Keep that in mind if you run into issues trying to boot a Mac with your drive and it’s not recognizing your USB drive as a startup device.

Apple has a knowledgebase page dedicated to this topic, and another with a table of systems and the OSes they shipped with so you can check before booting that the Mac hardware you’re looking to boot your drive to will work. Aside from this however, you shouldn’t run into any issues. The process will likely change a little when Apple releases OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion,” but most of the steps here will remain the same.

Written by Leisureguy

21 July 2012 at 9:25 am

Posted in Technology

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