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Macintosh External Device Bootability

Mac Towers

Model Boots via
FireWire
Boots via
USB2
Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics)
Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) X
Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) X
Power Mac G4 Cube X
Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio) X
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) X
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) X
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) X
Power Mac G4 (FW 800) X
Power Mac G5 X
Power Mac G5 (June 2004) X
Power Mac G5 (Late 2004) X
Power Mac G5 (Early 2005) X
Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) X
Mac Pro X X

iMacs, eMacs and Mac minis

Model Boots via
FireWire
Boots via
USB2
iMac (Bondi Blue)
iMac (5 Flavors)
iMac/iMac DV/iMac DV SE
(Slot Loading)
X
iMac/iMac DV/iMac DV+/iMac DV SE (Summer 2000) X
iMac (Early 2001) X
iMac (Summer 2001) X
iMac (Flat Panel) X
iMac (17-inch Flat Panel) X
iMac (15-inch Early 2003) X
iMac (17-inch Flat Panel, 1GHz) X
iMac (15-inch USB 2.0) X
iMac (17-inch USB 2.0) X
iMac (20-inch USB 2.0) X
iMac G5 (17-inch) X
iMac G5 (20-inch) X
iMac G5 17-inch (Ambient Light Sensor) X
iMac G5 20-inch (Ambient Light Sensor) X
iMac G5 (17-inch iSight) X
iMac G5 (20-inch iSight) X
iMac (Early 2006 17-inch) X X
iMac (Early 2006 20-inch) X X
iMac (Mid 2006 17-inch) X X
iMac (17-inch Late 2006 CD) X X
iMac (17-inch Late 2006) X X
iMac (20-inch Late 2006) X X
iMac (24-inch Late 2006) X X
eMac X
eMac (ATI Graphics) X
eMac (1.0 GHz G4) X
eMac (USB 2.0) X
eMac (2005) X
Mac mini X
Mac mini (Late 2005) X
Mac mini (Early 2006) X X
Mac mini (Late 2006) X X

PowerBook / MacBook Pro

Model Boots via
FireWire
Boots via
USB2
PowerBook G3 Series (Wallstreet)
PowerBook G3 (Bronze Keyboard) X
PowerBook (FireWire) X
PowerBook G4 X
PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) X
PowerBook G4 (DVI) X
PowerBook G4 (1GHz/867MHz) X
PowerBook G4 (12-inch) X
PowerBook G4 (17-inch) X
PowerBook G4 (12-inch DVI) X
PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW800) X
PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.33GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.33GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.5/1.33GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.5GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.67GHz) X
PowerBook G4 (15-inch DL SD) X
PowerBook G4 (17-inch DL SD) X
MacBook Pro X X
MacBook Pro (17-inch) X X
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy) X X
MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo) X X
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo) X X

iBook / MacBook

Model Boots via
FireWire
Boots via
USB2
iBook
iBook (FireWire) X
iBook (Dual USB) X
iBook (Late 2001) X
iBook (14.1 LCD) X
iBook (16 VRAM) X
iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM) X
iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM) X
iBook (32 VRAM) X
iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM) X
iBook (800/900 MHz 32 VRAM) X
iBook (14.1 LCD 900 MHz 32 VRAM) X
iBook G4 X
iBook G4 (Early 2004) X
iBook G4 (Late 2004) X
iBook G4 (Late 2004) X
iBook G4 (Mid 2005) X
MacBook (13-inch) X X
MacBook (13-inch Late 2006) X X