Released in 2003, the iBook G4 replaced the iBook G3 as Apple's portable consumer computer.

708 Questions View all

Can I boot from ext. HD?

I get a blinking ? on startup. I can't reboot from DVD because CD/DVD drive isn't not working. Can I reboot from copy of startup DVD from an external drive?

Answered! View the answer I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score 0
Add a comment

2 Answers

Chosen Solution

Sure, if you connect an external Firewire optical drive or hard drive, you can boot from your restore media and load the OS by holding option at boot time and selecting your startup disk.

I load the OS on all my laptops from external hard drives/optical drives, just because the old optical drives in iBooks tend to be problematic, especially with burned media, and often don't get so far as fully installing the OS.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 3
Add a comment

You can boot your computer from an external drive with an operating system already installed on it. You can NOT boot from an external optical drive though.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0
Add a comment

Add your answer

matt will be eternally grateful.
View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 0

Past 30 Days: 0

All Time: 611