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Title:

-Can I boot without internal hard drive from internal hard drive?
+Can I boot without internal hard drive from external USB hard drive?

Text:

I bought a macbook core 2 duo off eBay needing a new hard drive and battery and right now I'm trying to test it with no battery or internal hard drive - just plugged in with the mag charger and with an external usb hard drive.

I'm having a few issues installing OSX on the hard drive for now but that should be sorted soon however at the moment, when I plug in the hard drive and mag charger and press the power button nothing happens at all. The green light on the charger is on but that's it.

Is this because the external hard drive doesn't have OSX installed on it yet, so the macbook doesn't recognise it as a drive it can boot from? Or can this macbook not boot from a USB external hard drive? I'm really not sure.

Device:

MacBook Core 2 Duo

Status:

open

Edit by: Tristan Gale ,

Title:

-Can I boot from external USB hard drive with no internal hard drive?
+Can I boot without internal hard drive from internal hard drive?

Text:

I bought a macbook core 2 duo off eBay needing a new hard drive and battery and right now I'm trying to test it with no battery or internal hard drive - just plugged in with the mag charger and with an external usb hard drive.

I'm having a few issues installing OSX on the hard drive for now but that should be sorted soon however at the moment, when I plug in the hard drive and mag charger and press the power button nothing happens at all. The green light on the charger is on but that's it.

Is this because the external hard drive doesn't have OSX installed on it yet, so the macbook doesn't recognise it as a drive it can boot from? Or can this macbook not boot from a USB external hard drive? I'm really not sure.

Device:

MacBook Core 2 Duo

Status:

open

Original post by: Tristan Gale ,

Title:

Can I boot from external USB hard drive with no internal hard drive?

Text:

I bought a macbook core 2 duo off eBay needing a new hard drive and battery and right now I'm trying to test it with no battery or internal hard drive - just plugged in with the mag charger and with an external usb hard drive.

I'm having a few issues installing OSX on the hard drive for now but that should be sorted soon however at the moment, when I plug in the hard drive and mag charger and press the power button nothing happens at all. The green light on the charger is on but that's it.

Is this because the external hard drive doesn't have OSX installed on it yet, so the macbook doesn't recognise it as a drive it can boot from? Or can this macbook not boot from a USB external hard drive? I'm really not sure.

Device:

MacBook Core 2 Duo

Status:

open