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Default Bootable partition - 09-20-2010, 05:14 PM

Hi.

I own a Mac and a copy of Snow Leopard. I used disk utility to create the bootable image which I used to install SL on my Dell Mini 10v using an external USB hard drive.

Is it possible to partition the USB Hard Drive so that the Dell Mini can boot from it (partition the HD so one partition is a Master Boot Record and the other is formatted for OS X).

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Cool 09-20-2010, 05:57 PM

I think it would work, just remember to enable "Legacy USB" in the BIOS


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Default Thanks - 09-20-2010, 06:47 PM

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I think it would work, just remember to enable "Legacy USB" in the BIOS

Thanks - I'll give it a go and report back

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Default 09-20-2010, 09:12 PM

After writing my post, I thought I might create a bootable partition for my Mac as well and was hoping to be able to be able to set up bootable partitions on my external Hard Drive for both my Mac and my Dell Mini 10v. Unfortunately after some further research I don't think it is possible.

The reason being (as I understand it) is that in order to be bootable on a Mac the drive must be formatted using the GUID partition map scheme. However, on a computer which uses BIOS as opposed to EFI, in order to be bootable the drive must be formatted using the Master Boot Record partition map scheme. Unfortunately, I don't think it is possible to create a drive using different partition map schemes, so I will need to pick up a new flash drive instead.

This will actually be better solution as I will always have it with me and won't have to take my hard drive with me when I'm away from home.

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