Here's something no one seemed to
consider about Apple's move to Intel: Can you use an external drive to boot OS X on both Intel- and PPC-based Macs? Jon
"Wolf" Rentzsch says nooo, sir
. According to
Rentzsch, if you have a bootable drive with a copy of Intel OS X, you cannot use that drive to boot PPC-based Macs --
and vice-versa. Why? Because Apple changed the boot partition scheme used on newer Macs: "GPT [Intel's boot
scheme] replaces Apple Partition Map (APM) as the boot partition scheme for Intel-based Macs. And therein lies the
rub," writes Rentzsch. "Intel-based Macs can't boot from older APM drives, and PowerPC-based Macs can't boot
from newer GPT drives."
Rats. This could certainly complicate things for tech supporters who rely on
bootable drives to troubleshoot machines, as well as average folks who own both Intel- and PPC-based Macs.
Rentzsch outlines the grim details in his article
TidBITs -- definitely worth a read if you're curious.