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Old 12-02-2007, 05:11 PM
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Minimal bootable partition?

Can someone point to instructions for making a rock-bottom minimal bootable partition? (By "minimal" I mean that it doesn't have a single file in it that it doesn't need.)

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P.S In case it matters, I'm still using OS X 10.4.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:32 AM
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I am sure there is a more extreme answer to this but I installed Tiger onto a 4Gb USB memory stick, including Diskwarrior, by simply using the Tiger install disk, selecting options at the appropriate point, and unticking everything I didn't need, languages, printers etc etc. It was pretty straightforward and it works.

Disk Utility tells me it has used 2.8 Gb out of 3.5 Gb capacity.

Don't forget to put a GUID partition table on it if using it in an Intel mac.

Mike
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:30 PM
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I am sure there is a more extreme answer to this but I installed Tiger onto a 4Gb USB memory stick, including Diskwarrior, by simply using the Tiger install disk, selecting options at the appropriate point, and unticking everything I didn't need, languages, printers etc etc. It was pretty straightforward and it works.

Disk Utility tells me it has used 2.8 Gb out of 3.5 Gb capacity.

Don't forget to put a GUID partition table on it if using it in an Intel mac.

Mike
I tried it with Leopard and a Kingston USB memory, but did not work, it just could not boot from the flash drive using an Intel Macbook Pro. It has taken few hours now, but no success. I need a minimal system and iTunes running from a 8 GB flash drive. Any suggestion?
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:58 PM
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Das Boot didn't work?
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:08 AM
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Thumbs down Unfortunately, DasBoot Isn't Leopard-Compatible

I just tried using DasBoot with OS X 10.5.2, and found that it doesn't work (as others on the 'net are reporting, too). It can't see the source CD/DVD, and it can't see any destination volumes. I've emailed the developer to see if they're planning a Leopard-compatible version, but no response yet.

I, too, am interested to know how to create a "bare bones" OS X install on a USB flash drive. This would be a great feature to add to SD!
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:52 AM
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Try using "DasBoot" (see VersionTracker).
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