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Monday, February 20, 2006

Cloning Mac OS X Tiger x86 Laptop Harddrive

Requirements: NetRestore for Panther 2.0 or Tiger 3.x. A PowerPC Mac with Firewire, A Mini FW Enclosure, Mini ATA Drive from PC Laptop, Mini ATA Drive to clone.

Using NetRestore, I was able to make a disk Image of my Intel Mac Tiger OS. Then copy it to another Mini ATA Drive and I was able to boot my laptop off the drive.

Here's what I did to get the clone/backup of OSX86:

On my Panther PowerPC Mac:
1. Took apart a mini FW Drive.
2. Hookup up a bad mini FW Drive that had a partition that was still readable with OSX86.
3. Made Disk Image using NetRestore_Helper.
4. Put the good mini FW Drive back into the FW Drive.
5. Restored the OSX86 disc image. Removed the ATA Drive from the FW Enclosure.
On my Intel laptop:
6. Inserted the ATA drive back into the internal slot on my laptop.
7. Boot disc not readable (no target partition was found.)
8. Boot of Tiger OSX86 CD.
9. Select the a boot partition from the drive.
10. Reboot and Bingo; running of the cloned drive.

It seems like alot of steps, but it was actually pretty simple.


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mac OS X86 Tiger - MacOSx86 - OSx86 10.4.3

Running Mac OSx86 Tiger 10.4.3 on a Compaq Presario X1000.

1600x1200 to a DELL LCD Screen through VGA
SSE2 Processor, Pentium M 1.5 Ghz 400 Front Side Bus
Firewire, Ethernet, and USB works.
PC Card, Bluetooth and WiFi does not work.

Runs 10.4.1 and 10.4.3 DTK flawlessly.

Also have a QuickSilver G4 and a G3 Pizmo and have owned about a dozen Macs in the past.
I can't say that running 10.4.3 on a PC will stop me from buying a new Mac, but it is sure nice having a Home PC with no Viruses to worry about. Safari also runs super slick on a PC.

I wish Apple would release a Geek box and license the OS to tailor to the Linux and Build your own PC (Mac) crowd.