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Default Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 12:49 AM

Hello, I just signed up here over the weekend. Last week I ordered a mini-910 which should be here tomorrow and started looking around online for some general information and user experiences while I wait. I saw that, when it comes to osx86 (or any other OS for that matter), you have the option of either installing from a USB thumb drive or from an external dvd/cd drive. The biggest thumb drive that I own is only 4Gb and don't really feel like spending any cash for more or less, a one time use.

Then I started wondering if I could use an old (usb) external hard drive enclosure with a IDE dvd/cd rom drive. Obviously I'd have to disassemble it, but I don't see why it wouldn't work as long as it's an IDE drive. Has anyone ever tried doing this? Any luck? The only problem that I can foresee is if it has some sort of built in firmware, opposed to it reading the device ID.

any input/ideas?

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Default Re: Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 01:21 AM

That will work fine. I've done this on other systems.


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Default Re: Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 01:07 PM

awesome, thanks for the reply thats great news... beats spending another 50-100 on an external dvd/8gb thumb drive.


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Default Re: Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 02:17 PM

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awesome, thanks for the reply thats great news... beats spending another 50-100 on an external dvd/8gb thumb drive.


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i was able to put win7 on my 4g thumb drive and install from there. is osx larger than 4g?
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Default Re: Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 03:00 PM

I'm pretty sure it is. Actually, I thought win 7 ended up around 5gb? Or did you trim some of the fat, as they say?
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Default Re: Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 04:19 PM

i think the full win7 beta was able to fit on the 4g thumb drive, but that yielded an install of 8g..which couldnt even fit the 8g ssd. so after trimming the fat, the install files on the thumb drive needed only around 1.2g and the installed os was about 4g.
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Default Re: Hello, new here and quick question about external DVD/CD-ROM - 02-16-2009, 05:08 PM

ok cool, thanks for the heads up didn't know that
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