Another question from your friendly neighbourhood Tigaernach.
I have an old iBook G3 here (that I got for free!) with 160Mb RAM, a 3Gb HD, a CD-ROM drive and an overclocked (400Mhz) 300Mhz mobo. Now my question is, would it be possible to transfer a System Folder from my Smurf (OS X.3.9) to my 'Book (OS 9.2.2) over Ethernet so it will boot into OS X. I don't want to go trough the hassle of ordering a CD media from Apple and I need the 'Book in the near future, so it would be a great help if I could run OS X on it.
i believe you would benefit from carbon copy cloner. Though i'm not sure if the clam shell supports target mod. And i know the Smurf (damned B&Ws :() can't. Though if can get the HDD out of the clam and into a FW drive. You can use carbon copy cloner and get an almost exact HDD clone of your smurf on your clam. (heh that just sounds wrong. roflmao) anyhow, hope that helps?
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I just re-read your original post. OS 9 System Folders can be copied and then booted from, pretty sure OS X won't boot if you just copy the required folders. You would certainly need a Library Folder too, and there is a whole bunch of hidden files as well. Plus if you only have 9, chances are you're drive is formatted wrong, it will need erasing to HFS+. Carbon Copy Cloner will produce a bootable install, but again you'll have problems if the drive is in the wrong format. If you're going to pull the drive out, you may as well put a bigger one in there, and swap out the optical for a DVD-ROM if possible. Problem solved.
You cannot copy osx over ehernet. Regardless of file system format os9 only has support for 32 character long file names. osx uses file names much longer than that, and os9 would truncate them causing osx to be unbootable. Also os9 won't keep file permissions. But if you are trying to install 10.3 I don't know what the problem is because 10.3 retail was shipped on CDs, not a DVD. If you have a DVD it is a machine specific and wont work anyway. When I installed 10.4 on my clam I took the HD out, and then modded the case so that to get the HD out all I have to do is pull up the keyboard.
Thought so. Well, it was kind of a long shot anyway. Point is that I have a Tiger install DVD, and a Panther install on the Smurf, that's why it would have to be over Ethernet.
There is NO WAY I'm opening up that wretched clam again, so I gues I will just shelve it until I have the bucks for an other HD with OS X on it. I think Panther would be best for the Smurf, as I notice it is quite slow already on a Smurf 450Mhz with 449Mb of RAM, so a 400Mhz with 160Mb isn't doing it much good, for sure with the clam's hopeless 4500 RPM HDD.
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