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iPod, target disk boot volume. Possible?

post #1 of 15
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I know this is beat into the ground but I was asked by a co-worker and blanked. Can you boot up from an iPod? Also, is it partionable? thx.
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post #2 of 15
You can boot from the iPod, into OS 9 and OS X on any stock FireWire capable Mac except the B&W G3 (which can't boot from FireWire). I don't think Windows machines can boot from FireWire at all, though I'm not sure.

Not sure about partitioning. The iPod already has two partitions, one with firmware information and one with your data. Seems like it should work fine, though you'll only be able to store music, contacts and calendars on one partition.
post #3 of 15
I think apple has warned that using the ipod as a boot drive (consistantly) will shorten the life of the harddrive. Using it for backup and in emergencies should be fine though.
post #4 of 15
Would you be able to install a PPC Linux onto it and run Linux from it? Or would that shorten the life of the HD as well.... Because if that works then i could run Linux easier than ever!!

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post #5 of 15
Yeah you could put Linux on it... it's just a hard drive. The problem though it that when it's plugged into your Mac the HD is spinning the entire time, and if you're running an OS on it, it's being read/written to almost constantly... it's not really made for that, thus that's why it'll decrease the life span of it.
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post #6 of 15
it's possible, but the iPod has a MUCH shorter life after that. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
post #7 of 15
[quote]Originally posted by Proud iBook Owner 2k2:
<strong>Would you be able to install a PPC Linux onto it and run Linux from it?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I was reading up on ppc linux for using on my G4 iMac. I was going to put it on an external firewire drive and from my research I'm fairly sure that Linux can't boot from firewire devices yet.
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post #8 of 15
Why would it have a shorter life? It's a hard drive, last time I checked these types of devices are meant to be read from and written to. :confused:

As for lifetime, I've dropped my iPod on pavement 3 times (while playing) and it runs fine. Apple is almost as durable as Nintendo!!! :eek:
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post #9 of 15
It's a ****ing small harddrive, did you notice ? It is not made for constant use!!!

You can try it, if you really want to.

and if you really want to bring up that harddrive and read/write issue again, just think IBM Deskstar 70GXP.


and btw, if you partition your iPod, he will no longer play music.
post #10 of 15
i killed a ipod using it as a boot drive at work for about 6 months, luckily the apple store will give you a new one!
post #11 of 15
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[quote]Originally posted by Defiant:
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and btw, if you partition your iPod, he will no longer play music.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Hey? Since when is she a he? iPod is podi backwards, podi (as we all know) was once the famous opera star from India. She rules! So the iPod's are definatly female.
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post #12 of 15
so...if you partition her, she'll no longer sing with her beautiful voice, understand what I'm sayin' ?
post #13 of 15
[quote]Originally posted by Not Unlike Myself:
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Hey? Since when is she a he? iPod is podi backwards, podi (as we all know) was once the famous opera star from India. She rules! So the iPod's are definatly female. </strong><hr></blockquote>

You mean dopi, don't you?
post #14 of 15
[quote] It's a ****ing small harddrive, did you notice ? It is not made for constant use!!!

You can try it, if you really want to.

and if you really want to bring up that harddrive and read/write issue again, just think IBM Deskstar 70GXP.


and btw, if you partition your iPod, he will no longer play music. <hr></blockquote>

Defiant...You are worse than Mister T over on Spymac...LOL
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post #15 of 15

Hello,

 

I was wondering essentially the same thing about my 160G ipod classic with 70% empty space. However, I DO NOT want to boot and run off the ipod, but use it as install media if need be. (no DVD or DVD drive)

 

I am interested in using it as backup for my document etc. but also I would like to back up my OS's for future recovery.

 

I have read that to make install media on a flash drive the whole drive will be reformatted (corrupting any data previously on the volume).

 
Yes I can (and will) create install media on a little 4G stick BUT they tend to go missing and it would be nice to have a backup in my ipod.

 

So I am seeking guidance.

 

To create install media without mucking everything else up requires partitioning. BUT it seems that you cannot achieve this without losing the music playing capabilities. Is this true? It does not make sense to me because if you do not delete the "firmware" there should be a way to ensure it still sees the shrunk volume containing music.

 

Also, assuming partitioning is a no go what alternatives do I have?

 

If I enable disk use on the ipod, could I just save a system image on it? or does that process also reformat the target volume? 

 

Would it make any sense to just save the OS's iso to the ipod? In this event i would obviously need a second computer to extract the files and create install media (starting to breach the point of diminishing returns).

 

Maybe this is all a little crazy, but my ipod feels empty inside and I cant sleep at night knowing she is so sad.

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