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EFiX usb dongle

June 15, 2008 1 comment

Latest development in the OSX86 world is the EFiX usb dongle to allow any compatible PC to boot a genuine unpatched OSX install disk. Netkas has a video on his site of the sample he received which gives this some credibility, but trying to access anything other than the home page at efi-x.com results in a 404 page not found error.

There’s no more information available, so how much post install patching for harware compatibility will be required is not clear. The device is due for release on the 23rd of June so more details should be revealed soon.

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Hackintosh disaster recovery part 1

March 30, 2008 2 comments

If you use a Mac, making bootable backups are easy, and definitely easier than on a Windows Computer. Using software like Carbon Copy Cloner or Superduper you can clone your Mac’s hard drive to another internal or external USB/Firewire drive. This copy is an exact image of the original drive so you can boot from it and see no difference to using the source drive. Add in smart copies that only copy the changes since the last backup and you have a fast, reliable and easy backup system. Scheduled backups even mean you don’t have to remember to backup, just check it’s working as planed.

I used this method with my Macbook and felt a lot more relaxed making big changes to the system. Updating to 10.5.2 was easily reversible when the wireless networking stopped working. Even the Leopard upgrade from Tiger was no problem when I could easily revert to Tiger if a show stopper surfaced. This ease is one of the factors that made me move my daily computer use to Mac OS, but what happens when you build your own? Read more…