4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2011 12:50 AM by jogshy
jogshy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I'm a developer who wants to port a Windows app to Mac.
I have in mind to buy a MacMini but I want to know if it's possible to boot MacOSX from an USB stick.

I ask this because I need to test my app vs other OS like an old OSX 10.5 or vs future ones(like 10.7 Lion) without removing the HDD or to re-install. I would like also to install other non-Apple OSs into other USB sticks like linux or winXP and boot from it.

Thanks.

Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (274,735 points)
    but I want to know if it's possible to boot MacOSX from an USB stick.


    Yes, as long as the Mac mini meets the requirements for that particular OS version and isn't newer than it. You can also do this by creating a second partition on the drive, noting the points above.

    I would like also to install other non-Apple OSs into other USB sticks like linux or winXP and boot from it.


    Yes for Linux. Windows XP booting is only supported from an internal drive.

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  • jogshy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    And... could I install and boot my Mini using Snow Leopard 10.6 from an external Firewire HDD? What about W7?

    thx.
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (274,735 points)
    could I install and boot my Mini using Snow Leopard 10.6 from an external Firewire HDD?


    Yes, except as noted above.

    What about W7?


    Probably not.

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  • jogshy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Excellent!
    Thanks for the answers, Niel