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Installing Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on Thumbdrive

Elements tested:
– 2.4GHz mid 2007 Macbook Pro 15″ (model #1226) running OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3
– 32GB Corsair Survivor GTR USB Thumbdrive formatted Mac OS Extended Journaling

Goal: To create a portable Macintosh OS environment.

Conditions: Installed by booting using the Operating System disc.

Results: Inconclusive; ultimately impractical.

Reason for Result: A normal installation with this hardware takes approximately 35 minutes to complete, however installation to the thumbdrive took over 3 hours, the last of which was spent idling at the 1 minute left mark.

Reason for Attempt: The Survivor thumbdrive provided the best read/write speeds available on the market for USB 2.0 drives (34MBs read/28MBs write), giving the drive the best possible chance of competing with an external drive (like the Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB, with speeds around 30.6MBs read 20MBs write).

Possible Solutions: Enable user permission and extract critical information from the installation CD ahead of time using this walkthrough.

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