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Re: Install OSX on an external USB hard drive or SDHC? - 04-01-2009, 11:16 PM
I've got exactly the same issues as you.
There's a guide on mydellmini for installing to an SDHC card, however it's pretty indepth, and not designed for OSX
I've just spent an hour or so attempting to get enough room on my 8gb for Xcode, unfortunately, I've got enough room for it.. just not with the iPhone developer kit. So, I've installed the base Xcode, and then I'll see what I can remove from that.
I found a lot of .pkg's left over after the 10.5.6 Software update. There was one ~200mb pkg which was (seemingly) the 10.5.6 software update itself. It was in:
/private/var/folders/RN/..<random names, a few folders deep>.../MacOSXUpdCombo10.5.6.pkg
I say "random names", they were similar to "askdnasnddn213123bs", etc. Deleting that has had no adverse effects (yet).
The same went for /Library/Updates/Packages/iTunesX.pkgand another few packages in /Library/Updates.
I've got a 16gb sdhc card, which I tried to install xcode to (which was ridiculously slow, estimated time was around 12 hours), it died about 80% through the "writing files" section of installing, after about 2hours. Looking at the system logs, it seemed as though it was a bug in Apple's installer, as I was trying to install to:
It tried to create the following:
Which looks as though it was meant for
After these events, in Install.log, the installer died - with a generic "The Installer could not install some files in /Volumes/SDHC/dev". Contact the software manufacturer for assistance."
So anyway, I manged to make enough space to install Xcode, with 175mb spare, which is installing now. After Which I plan on freeing up some space. I really want to just play with MacPorts, which requires Xcode. Hopefully there's enough space.
I'll post back here with how I get on.
(PS: I had the same idea with an external HDD, I gutted a 40gb 2.5"" hdd from an old laptop, and put it in a caddy. It works, but it's fugly having to have a external drive along with your nice, neat, gorgeous mac mini, and SSD's are just so expensive . Woe is us.)
Edit: It just finished installing after I wrote this post, the installer lied - I've got 77.9MB free, oh and a warning came up saying there wasn't much space on my startup disk - hah.
Edit2: The Documentation folder is 645mb, I'm moving that to my SDHC card, and putting a symlink in it's place (i.e., /Developer/Documentation/ -> /Volumes/SDHC/Developer/Documentation/ ). Which, uh, should work?
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