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!

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1661

    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:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2528

  • 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.