Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). boot from usb 2.0 drive. - Current Mac Hardware Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In boot from usb 2.0 drive. millhouse Posted: October 26, 2004 10:44AM in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014 does anyone know if it is possable to boot of a usb2 external drive, id love to install linux or something onto mine but i can't figure out how to make it boot. Comments Reply 1 of 8 mikef Posts: 697member October 26, 2004 7:44PM I couldn't boot from my homebrew Coolmax USB 2.0 enclosure either... when I hold down "Select" at boot, it does not appear. I assumed it wasn't possible to boot using USB. Reply 2 of 8 heathpitts Posts: 15member October 27, 2004 1:40PM two maxtor one-touch external usb 2.0 drives I have set up as clones using carbon copy cloner are available to be picked as the startup disk. I have never actually booted from them but this is a start. Reply 3 of 8 drazztikka Posts: 240member November 1, 2004 4:22AM First, install a OS on the external HD.Reboot...Go to system preferences, there's a tab called 'startupdisc', there, u should be able to select an OS.That's the way it works on my PB, it has a firewire ext HD though...hope this helps Reply 4 of 8 mikef Posts: 697member November 1, 2004 1:18PM Quote:Originally posted by drazztikka That's the way it works on my PB, it has a firewire ext HD though...Uhh, the original question was asking about booting from a USB drive... I think we're all well aware that it's possible to boot from an external Firewire drive. Reply 5 of 8 mikef Posts: 697member November 1, 2004 3:13PM I "installed" the OS using CCC but as I mentioned, it doesn't come up as a bootable drive. I think it's safe to say that it's not possible to boot from a USB drive. Reply 6 of 8 reg Posts: 832member November 1, 2004 4:23PM We tried USB2 and it did not work. The site I was at did not allow you to have any hard drive in any machine. You had to have an external boot drive for everything. We took out the orginal HD put it in an USB2 enclosure and it did not work. Swapped it to a firewire enclosure and it worked like a charm. This was for G4 desktops and G3 iMacs.reg Reply 7 of 8 ucaboys Posts: 27member November 6, 2004 11:19AM USB booting is posible, I even booted OS 9, from a USB flash drive. The boot volume has to be formmated in HFS or HFS+. Sign In or Register to comment.