One problem I have with my 2009 MBP running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard is that I can't boot from USB (well, I can, but only OS X in certain formats). I would really like to be able to boot linux from USB at will. I have heard this is possible on newer macs. Would this be possible for me if I were to update?

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I have a MacBook from 2007 and it's possible to boot from USB without a problem.

Simply hold down - Option Key / (Alt) on Windows Keyboard on Boot and select where to boot from.


If it doesn't work you might have to do a EFI Update


  • What version os OS X are you running? Can you boot Ubuntu, or another "legacy operating system" ? The last I read OS X (at least Snow Leopard) considered anything that wasn't OS X on an HFS+ partition to be a "legacy" system and refused to boot from it. There are elaborate workarounds, but this would be a major selling point for ML for me. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 9:27
  • I run 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 an switch between them. Never tried Lynx but should be possible aswell with BootCamp maybe even with the EFI Bootloader never tried. Only saw a lot of people with linux on ther MBP Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 9:34
  • Installing linux is no problem via CD drive, it's booting from a Linux live USB. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 19:01

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