2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2012 7:39 AM by Cattus Thraex
am-ellpa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello all,

Is it possible to start intel mac in target mode from ppc mac ? If so does using target mode make ANY change at all to the target disk if user doesn't voluntariliy write stuff to target disk ?

Thanks in advance !

many machines/OS
  • Braby Level 4 Level 4 (1,795 points)

    Yes, you can do that and no, nothing will be affected on the mounted drive unless you choose to do so!


    However you should pay particular attention to the section

    "Tips for using target disk mode with Intel-based Mac computers"

    Also since you don't say which version of OSX in on the PowerBook, note the comments regarding 10.3.9 and earlier together with the related article:


  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Yes, you can, but with some notes. Braby sent some data, I add some other.

    Target Mode has two basic roles:

    1. to turn a mac into an external drive and/or external optical drive (if it has one, until Air era, all had); you may use this way if your internal optical drive is damaged and you wish to use the optical unit of the other mac; or use it as a simple external disk for backup purposes or else.

    2. to boot from a such-booted mac.

    #1 is usable with any two macs disregarding whether they are both PPC, both intel, or combination PPC-intel, as the behavior is like any external disk drive or external optical drive.

    #2 is impossible if you want to boot the other mac, they must be both intel or PPC, as you cannot use an intel-based mac as a boot mac for the other ppc-mac, and vice-versa.

    So said and clarified, you may use, but not if you intend to boot the other one if you wish to use it for various purposes implying boot.