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Old 11-23-2010, 10:50 PM   #1
ScuseMe
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Question Mac - Partition external HD and install bootable Linux?


Hi,

I'm running OSX 10.6.5 on my 8 GB iMac with a Boot Camp partition. I have 3 Firewire HD's attached to my iMac, serving backup and video editing duties.

I've decided that I want to experiment with a Linux distro (which one, I have no idea). I really don't want to go thru partitioning my internal iMac HD, and I like the fact that OSX can boot to a clone of my internal HD (I make 2 of these every day). This made me wonder if I could partition one of my external drives and install Linux into it. Once done, I can (somehow) choose to boot from the external Linux partition. I currently use the ReFit boot manager to control booting into OSX or Boot Camp Windows.

Can an external HD bootable Linux be created to work with a Mac?

Thanks for your time.
 
Old 11-27-2010, 08:35 AM   #2
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If you visit the refit website they stated that it is Not well supported to boot linux from any external drive ,but sometimes it works
 
Old 11-28-2010, 12:26 PM   #3
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Yeah, I read that. I might just bite the bullet and make a partition on my internal for Linux. I have iPartition so it'd be non-destructive, but it take a looong tome to finish

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