Evnissyen wrote:Just a note: Holding down the Option key at Startup (or Restart, for that matter) will allow you to select the startup volume. Apple technicians are not idiots.
However... the last sentence would be an excellent suggestion if not for one fact: it's highly discouraged that somebody who doesn't know exactly what he or she is doing opens up a MiniMac and fools around with it... considering how elaborately tightly everything is organized (it's a very small computer, after all -- smaller than my hand both horizontally and vertically, and just two inches high... though it's highly powerful, and what's more the internal antenna's more powerful than the top-of-the-line really expensive USB antenna I'd bought for my PC -- just an aside, one of the numerous things I like about Mac). For that, I'd have to bring it to a shop, which would cost me a lot of money. (Admittedly there's a place right next door, and the guys there know me... but that's not going to make them friendly enough to lower their charges... they have to make money, after all.)
From my understanding, the requirement of removing the drive has nothing to do with the startup volume selection... it has to do with the actual installation of the Windows OS and preventing it from using your internal hard drive by default.
Evnissyen wrote:You might've tooled around with old G3's running OS9, but this quote suggests that you've not had the aformentioned experience with OSX... or at least with Leopard, since I can't speak for any system between 9.4 and 10.5.8 (and I didn't own a USB backup drive when I had my old G3 iMac). The difference between copying speed between volumes with Windows XP and Leopard is, I would say (by my own experience), approximately equatable to the difference between Dial-Up and DSL. When I was transferring files from my old XP to my new Mac, it took maybe about 10 minutes (at any rate, a very painfully long wait) to fill up a 256m drive, while it took a mere few seconds to copy the same data back from the USB backup onto my Mac.
I've used OS9 through Basilisk/Sheepsaver on my previous PC. I have/had G3 and G4 laptops running OSX 10.4.11.
Aslo, you're comparing the write performance (from your pc to usb) and read performance (usb to mac). Old computer vs newer computer performance comparisons aside, there's generally a big difference between read and write speeds on a usb flash drive. Reading is always going to be faster because there's no content modification.
That being said, my computer copies files faster to my flash drive faster than the mac laptops read them, but this is because my PC has USB 2.0 vs the 1.1 on the laptops, once again making it an unfair comparison (as is likely the reverse issue with your pc vs your mac).
I dare say that if you were using a PC and a Mac with the same hardware specifications, you wouldn't notice much of a difference in your copying of files and such.
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