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I'm not kidding...I tried it and it works!! great cheap alternative to diy external hard drive people. if you want speed then get a macbook pro, express/34 sata card, a 3.5" sata hdd, and an external 3.5" sata case.


From Macworld Magazine (August 2006, page 80):




The Return of iPod Booting


A full-size iPod configured to boot your Mac can be an indispensable troubleshooting tool. Install a copy of OS X on it, along with copies of your troubleshooting utilities, and you've got a lean, mean bootable external hard drive for repairing a misbehaving Mac. Unfortunately, when Apple abandoned FireWire syncing, the bootable iPod also disappeared. Until now.


Apple's Intel-based Macs can boot from compatible USB 2.0 hard drives. The 30GB and 60GB video iPods house just such a compatible USB drive. Successfully installing OS X on these iPods isn't quite the walk in the park that it was on eariler iPods. Unlike full-size FireWire-compatible iPods, the iPod with video doesn't appear as a viable destination to the OS X installer. But there's a way around it, and it workds like this.


Download a copy of Mike Bombich's free Carbon Copy Cloner (see "Software Jackpot," on page 44). This handy tool can create a bootable volume that contains the contents of another volume. Although Carbon Copy Cloner isn't available in a version native to an Intel Mac, it workds perfectly well under Apple's PowerPC emulation software, Rosetta.


Launch Carbon Copy Cloner, and choose your Intel Mac's startup drive as the source for the clone and the iPod as the destination. Click on the Preference button, and make sure that the Make Bootable option is enabled. After about an hour, Carbon Copy Cloner will complete its work, copying the selected contents of the Mac's hard drive to the iPod. Opten the Startup Disk preference pane, choose the iPod, and click on Restart. The Maac will boot (slowly) from the iPod.


As I said earlier, a bootable iPod is a useful troubleshooting tool. (It will be even more useful when utilities such as Alsoft's DiskWarrior and Micromat's TechTool Pro are available in versions compatible with Intel Macs. ) Using your iPod in this way is good for putting a bootable copy of your Mac in your pocket - when you want to maaintain your desktop environment on the road, for example. Just remember that the iPod isn't vented, and its hard drive wasn't meant to spin constantly, as it would if you used it to routinely boot your Mac.






Breen, Christopher. "Mac 911: Tools of the Trade." Macworld. 21 Jul, 2006: 80

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