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Initial post: Mar 16, 2011 8:21:24 PM PDT
HelpfulHenry says:
I don't think you can use a USB drive as a recovery drive because it can't be the boot drive. How about spiffy Firewire or USB 3 drives? I'm thinking of getting a Seagate 1TB FreeAgent GoFlex with the FW cable for this purpose.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 7:04:29 PM PDT
Jerryball says:
I'm sure that Mac will only boot from FW. USB 2 is fast enough, but macintosh requires the FW to be a bootable drive. Don't know about PC.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 2:59:45 PM PDT
I've booted a MacBook from a Lacie 320 gb portable USB drive on several occasions.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 12:35:28 AM PDT
I'lbcnu says:
PPC Macs will ONLY boot from Firewire Drives formatted in APM
Intel Macs can boot from USB 2.0 when formatted in GUID

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 12:37:18 AM PDT
I'lbcnu says:
PC's can boot from usb . just have to set the boot order in your setup selection to recognize this as the 1st boot option .

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 12:37:48 AM PDT
I'lbcnu says:
PPC Macs will ONLY boot from Firewire Drives formatted in APM
Intel Macs can boot from USB 2.0 when formatted in GUID

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 12:38:14 AM PDT
I'lbcnu says:
Intel Macs can boot from USB 2.0 when formatted in GUID
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