Installing Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on Thumbdrive
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.