I have and old G3 imac 600 MHz, running Os 10.3.9. I recently purchased a Seagate FreeAgemt Pro 320 GB external hard drive with USB 2, ESATA HD, and Firewire 400. I wanted the firewire so that I could put a system on the external HD and use it to start up with in emergency. I reformatted the external HD to Mac extended (journaled) which is the same as the internal HD. I then fired up from my OS 10.3 install disks, and installed 10.3 on the external HD. Took awhile, but I made it. It appears on the imac desktop and I can transfer files to it (the transferred files do not disappear off imac desktop though?).
However, when I used the external disk as a startup, I cannot get Safari to work. I need to upgrade to 10.3.9 via the internet and according to the box on the new external hard drive it requires 10.3.9 or higher. I checked airport, and had to use a password (Sasktel's Max provider) to get airport to work. When I first tried it, Safari would attempt to connect, and then some sort of error message that it couldn't establish connection. I shut computer off, restarted on external again and now safari just sits there....does nothing. By the way, my daughter came home with her Imac G4, used the password for airport, and is doing fine.
OK. I managed to get OS10.3.9 installed on the external drive. However, I still cannot get connection via airport to the Sasktel modem. When you click on the airport symbol (upper right tool bar) and open internet connection it states "Status not available". However when I go to system preferences, network, airport, it says it is connected via airport to the sasktel modem. I am lost. I had Sasktel help on the phone yesterday for 1 hour and they do not know what the problem is. Oh yes, when connected to the airport signal via the internal hard drive the signal strength is a 10. When I start up from the external drive, the signal strength is only a 7 or 8. What is up with that? How can that be? The computer never moved! Just for kicks, I did turn off/on the Sasktel modem to see if it would somehow reset itself or recognize another signal...no luck.
I have and old G3 imac 600 MHz, running Os 10.3.9. I recently purchased a Seagate FreeAgemt Pro 320 GB external hard drive with USB 2, ESATA HD, and Firewire 400. I wanted the firewire so that I could put a system on the external HD and use it to start up with in emergency.
You will need to make sure that the bootable partition is smaller than 128GB for proper operation, which is a limitation of the G3 iMac. It will appear to work, but once you start filling the system, you may run into problems because of this limitation. (It's not a limitation if it is not a bootable drive). However, your milage may vary, and on two systems that we have that appear to be "identical", one will work with a bootable 500 GB drive, while the other one takes a long time to boot, and hangs after a while. You could split it 120 and 200, that will work, or split it into three equal sizes.
It appears on the imac desktop and I can transfer files to it (the transferred files do not disappear off imac desktop though?).
The system will not erase transfered files off of the source drive, whether it is an external drive, another partition, or a keychain drive. You will have to erase the files as a second step after the copy is made.
As for your Safari / Airport issue, it sounds like your configurations are somehow different. I am not sure how to solve that...