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Hi. I'm probably going to get an external firewire hard drive soon, and I know it can boot OS 10.2, but does that mean it will for sure be able to boot OS 9.2.2 and Mandrake Linux? The controller chip is the Genesys Logic 700 (I know that the Oxford 911 is the best but an enclosure with that controller costs over twice as much). I've got the specs for it if that would tell anything about it:

GL700Â*Â*Â*Â*IEEE 1394 to ATA/ATAPI Controller

Â*Â*Â*Â*Â* Features

 Data transfer rates of S100, S200 and S400
 Fully interoperable with implementation of IEEE-1394(1995) and IEEE 1394.a-

Â*Â*Â* Â*Â*Â*Â*Â* 2000Â*compliant

 Standard PHY/link Interface

 Firmware support for SBP-2 target agent

 Semi-automatic SBP-2 protocol management by an internal hardware engine
to improveÂ*performance and firmware efficiency

 Auto acknowledge-code response for all packets that targeted to Management
/CommandÂ*ORB agent

 SBP-2 protocol engine
-Semi-automatic Management ORB fetch
-Linked Command ORB fetch
-Auto address increment DMA for both direct and indirect addressing

 Automatic Page Table fetch

 Dedicated asynchronous data transfer

 Automatic packing/de-packing for asynchronous transmit/receive data of DMA

 Semi-automatic single-retry protocol and split transaction control

 Fully ATA-4 compliant

 2 sets of 4-quadlet registers for Asynchronous Receive/Transmit packet header

 2 sets of 8-quadlet registers for general Asynchronous Receive/Transmit packet data block payload

 5 sets of 8/8/2/2/2-quadlet registers for Receive packet data block payload

Â*Â* Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*Â* dedicated forÂ*SBP- requirement (MORB, CORB, PTE, MOP and COP)

 4K bytes of FIFO for bi-directional transmit/receive data
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If it's compliant to IEE 1394 standards, it'll boot, simple as that. If you've been specifically told it will boot OS X, then 9 shouldn't be a problem (and you can make bootable installs of 9 using drag'n'drop, which saves a bundle of time).
Whatever it is, it ain't rocket science
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