Installing Mac OS X on an SD Card

I managed to score a free Mac Mini a few weeks ago, but it ended up having a bad hard drive. So I took out the adapter and SD card from my last experiment, and threw it in the “new” Mac Mini to see if I could get it to do anything.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was installed on a Mac Mini (Powermac10,2 / Late 2005) with a 1.5 GHZ PPC G4 with 512 MB of RAM, using a 32 GB SD card as it’s main startup disk.

While I was recording this video I went in totally blind and had no idea whether or not this was going to work. I had never taken apart a Mac Mini before and I didn’t even know what type of hard disk was in the Mac Mini. I got really lucky.

Parts used:
Secure Digital SD SDHC SDXC MMC Memory Card to IDE 2.5″ 2.5 Inch 44P 44 Pin Male Adapter Converter, SD 3.0

Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS32GSDHC10E)

Music used:
-NES Tetris Music
-Renegade – Norrin Radd (Retro City Rampage)
-Snowy Village – Build Phase – Afshin Toufighian (Dungeon Defenders)

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  1. the emerald hoe says:

    Well this is how u make a MacBook

  2. Yanterko says:

    Install linux on an SD card.

  3. xbass games says:


  4. Sonic Nedlemouse says:


  5. Joshua F says:

    Nice score. And one of the last G4 ones that came with a 64MB ATI Video instead of the 32MB version. Only thing I don't like about the G4 Mac Minis is that the max RAM is 1GB in them.

  6. Adam7868 says:

    Goes from normal narration to "how the fuck do you do this"

  7. 8 Bits says:

    Tetris music is amazing.

  8. LuxorVan says:

    Lets see you OC it to 1.5ghz, it is a 1.25 ghz by the looks of the cooler! But if you pull the cooler off and clean off the factory crap off the cpu die and cooler then apply grey non metallic compound and re-apply! On the bottom of the board there are 3 resistors on the main board that need removed by soldering iron "Best way"!

    Then just reassemble it! Supposedly you can get as high as 1.6+ghz with another resistor by the cpu! But you can buy a Msata to 44 pin adapter and use an Msata ssd or you can but a 44 pin SSD on ebay as well, they have 16, 32 and 64gb versions! But overclock it, I did it to both my 1.25 ghz and 1.42 ghz!

  9. Cian Bolger says:

    you r cool
    i like you

  10. Teckzus Feralupus says:

    >Wow, a Druaga1 video!
    >Under half an hour
    >Something seems wrong…

  11. Jon Mikhael Adonja Ravneng says:


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