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To make a bootable USB flash drive from Windows for PPC Macs
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:57 am 
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To create a bootable USB flash drive from Windows for use in a PowerPC-based Macintosh, you will need the following things:

  • A Windows PC
    {In this example, i'm using Windows Vista}
  • A Windows command-line utility called 'dd'
    {Visit: http://www.chrysocome.net/download}
    {Please note that I used "dd-0.5.zip"}
  • Your desired mini/netboot Debian .ISO file
  • A USB flash drive
    {USB v1.0 or v2.0; 1.0 GB and larger should work fine, but save money and stick with a 1 GB model.}
    {These usually come pre-formatted for Windows (Fat32)... you can ignore this fact; the utility burns the .ISO image onto the drive just fine.}


1) Download the 'dd' utility described above and extract it to it's own folder on your Desktop:
C:\Users\JamesTKirk\Desktop\dd-0.5\

2) Download your desired .ISO file to your Desktop and rename it to "mini.iso" without quotation marks.

3) Go into the commandline prompt...
Start > Run > (Type in 'cmd' without quote marks)

4) From the command prompt, go to the extracted 'dd-0.5' folder by typing:
C:\Users\JamesTKirk\Desktop\dd-0.5\

5) Now, to write or "burn" the .ISO file to your USB flash drive, type:
Code:
   dd if=c:\Users\JamesTKirk\Desktop\mini.iso of=\\.\j: bs=1M

6) Done!

All you need to do now is to attach it to a USB port on your PPC-based Mac, boot up into Open-Firmware (white screen with a prompt), find the device address for your USB flash drive,


Notes:
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  • Wherever you see "JamesTKirk", simply replace it with your Windows user name.
  • My USB flash drive has a drive letter of "j:". If you attach your USB flash drive to your computer and it has a different drive letter than mine, just replace the drive letter in the above command with whatever you see for your particular USB drive.
  • The "bs=1M" at the very end of step #5 is CASE-SENSITIVE.
  • If you ever want to re-use your flash drive, simply reformat it either in Windows, OSX, or in Linux and choose the filesystem you like. For the best cross-compatibility among all 3 OSes, choose Fat32.


Last edited by rkmugen on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:47 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: To make a bootable USB flash drive from Windows for PPC
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:38 am 
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great!!!


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Re: To make a bootable USB flash drive from Windows for PPC
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:44 am 
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Just a reminder that those file paths are Vista/7 only. IIRC, XP and earlier would be
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C:\Documents and Settings\Theo\Desktop


JD, perhaps this is worth linking to in the instructions?


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Re: To make a bootable USB flash drive from Windows for PPC
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:31 pm 
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thanks Theos, done.


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