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Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

G4 to G5


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I was torn as to where to place this because it is kind of a software and hardware question.

I have an older G4 350 running 10.4.9. I have a friend who wants to sell me a dual core G5 (1.8 I think). The G5 does not have a hard drive. Can I just move the hard drive from my G4 (operating system and all) to the G5? Will it work or will I have to put in a new drive and install the operating system all over again.

Thanks for the help. I do hope I put this post in the correct place.

Robert
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G'day and welcome to the forums.

No. G5 machines use SATA drives whereas your G4 has an IDE drive.

Be careful buying any machine that does not have a hard drive and the 1.8GHz is an old, old machine. Do not pay too much, more than $150.00.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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