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Thursday, February 4, 2010

How to Install Snow Leopard in a "Portable Hard Drive"

One of the advantages of Snow Leopard OS (MacOS) is that it can be install on a flash drive, Hard drive, Portable hard drive etc. As long as the device has enough capacity. In the other hand, you can't install windows OS other place than a Hard drive. Some people don't have enough capacity in their hard drive and this installation will give them a different choice. The same technique can be use to install it into a Flash drive and others devices.

You can load the OS by just plugging the Portable hard drive into the Computer USB port and loading it with a bootloader program. I used Rebel EFI to install and to load it.

Just follow the instructions below:

Things You Will Need to install Snow Leopard in a PC.

Blank CD or DVD
Retail copy of Snow Leopard DVD
Internet Connection
Rebel EFI or bootloader program Compatible with your Computer. (Bios and hardware)
Portable Hard drive.

NOTE: Rebel EFI only supports SATA Optical Drives. The use of an IDE drive may prevent the computer from reading the Rebel EFI CD.

First you will need is the Bootloader program. You can download it and after Burn The .iso with a Burn Disc Image software like Nero, DVD rip and burn, Roxio, Magicdisc, etc.

Start your computer and insert Rebel EFI disc. Remember to plugging your Portable Hard drive into your USB port.

as soon as you PC Boots select "Boots options" in there select "CDROM" and just follow the prompt.

"Attempting to eject CDROM" Window will show. When prompted, Eject the CD.

Next: "Please insect Mac OS x DVD".

"Please wait while the installation is initialized". Next step:

Select Main Language, after that Click "Continue", if you want to continue with the installation of Snow Leopard.

Next step: Click Agree, if you agree.

after that Select the hard drive that you want to install Snow Leopard OS on.

At this point you will need to Format your portable hard drive. Click on Utilities on the tool bar, then select Disk Utilities.
On the left you should see your hard drive.
If not, a disk is not connected or cannot be read by your computer.
After selecting your hard drive click on Partition.
Under Volume Scheme, click current and select 1 partition.
Under Volume Information, name your hard drive.
Format: Free Space
Click Apply
Click Partition
After selecting your hard drive click on Partition.
Under Volume Scheme, click current and select 1 partition.
Under Volume Information, name your hard drive.
Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
At the bottom of the window Click on the Options Button.
Select the GUID Partition Table
Click OK
Click Apply
Click Partition
Quit Disk Utilities

After that Select your Portable hard drive, click on "Install".

When installation is completed restart your PC. Don't worry if you see a "Installation Failed" after the installation has finished, Just restart your PC. That will not interfere with the installation of the software.
When you PC restarts make sure to select "CDROM" from the boot options.

Once CD loads you will see your computer Hard drive, your Potable hard drive, and the Rebel EFI CD icons.

-Use the arrow keys to highlight the Portable Hard Drive (or the drive where you installed the OS).
-Press Enter to boot the drive.
-Follow the on-screen authentication procedure. (Welcome Screen)

after that Select: Your keyboard, then Select, Do not transfer my information now, then If, you have an Apple ID enter it now.

next window:Enter your Registration Information.

Next: Select if you want to try MobileMe Free.

Next: select your region

and That's it....Finish!

The last thing you will need to do is to install the kext/driver compatible with your hardware. Not every hardware will work out of the box and in that case you'll need to do some research on which kext/drive is compatible with your hardware.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!