New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Other Hardware and Peripherals Other Apple systems and peripherals discussion.

WD Drive not compatable with Panther?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Graphic Artist

 
Member Since: Mar 05, 2010
Posts: 3
Graphic Artist is on a distinguished road

Graphic Artist is offline
I am looking to set up an array in my home office. I want to use this with two laptops: a Powerbook running Pather 10.3.9 and a Mac Book running Tiger 10.4.9. I was originally looking at a WD 2TB Mirror WESTERN DIGITAL 2TB My Book Mirror Edition Dual Drive Storage System with Mirroring USB 2.0 : Storage, Drives & Media | Dell
Specifications say the OS has to be 10.4.11 or higher. A call to WD says it won't work because of the drivers. So I started looking at buying two WD 1 TB drives and setting up a software array. Again the specs say OS 10.4.11 or higher. Can someone explain to me why I can't use these drives with 10.3.9? I know I can only use the drives with one computer at a time and that this is not a networked system. Trying to do this cheaply. Thanks.
QUOTE Thanks
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,008
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Graphic Artist View Post
... Can someone explain to me why I can't use these drives with 10.3.9? ...
The simplest answer is that basically none of the hardware vendors are creating devices that are backward compatible all the way to Panther.

Why?



It is unlikely that they even tested with any OS prior to 10.4.11. So, it's possible that it may work on an earlier version of 10.4.

For sure they did not test it on any Powerbooks as there were quite a few of those that did not even have USB 2.0. You'll not find any external drives today that support USB 1.1 that shipped on the early Powerbook models.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
QUOTE Thanks
Graphic Artist

 
Member Since: Mar 05, 2010
Posts: 3
Graphic Artist is on a distinguished road

Graphic Artist is offline
I appreciate your answer. Googling for the answer, calling WD support and asking on another forum did not get me near the information you gave me. Thanks a bunch.
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,261
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.8 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.5.8; G4 eMac 1.25, 2 Gb, OS 10.4.11

hughvane is offline
If it's of any help, I can get older drives, of much smaller capacity than those you're planning to use, which I use bare via an ATA-USB adaptor, to work with my G3/300 and G3 iMac/600, both with Panther. Data transfer is slow, but the drives work.

And which model of Power Book are you using?

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

I'm leaving now to go and find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.
QUOTE Thanks
Graphic Artist

 
Member Since: Mar 05, 2010
Posts: 3
Graphic Artist is on a distinguished road

Graphic Artist is offline
I have a Powerbook 17 inch 1.33 Ghz. My manual tells me I have two USB 2.0 ports, and I am thinking of trying the hard drive I was asking about. Where you get the older drives?
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,261
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.8 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.5.8; G4 eMac 1.25, 2 Gb, OS 10.4.11

hughvane is offline
I've either bought them at online auction, or salvaged them from discarded computers. Why I even have a Quantum 5.25 Bigfoot 6 Gb working perfectly. The other I have connected is a Hitachi (IBM) 160 Gb.

This link 3.5 inch IDE hard disk drives - Find the best prices, information and user reviews is given only for comparisons and information. You'll note that the smallest available is 40 Gb. Smaller drives tend to be expensive because demand is low, but at least they can still be obtained - and the ATA models work with Panther.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

I'm leaving now to go and find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Mouse for MBP | Time machine »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Macbook 13" hard drive upgrade problem anandmahey Apple Notebooks 4 10-15-2009 03:17 AM
Installing Panther on a blank hard drive Camisado OS X - Operating System 9 03-13-2008 03:42 AM
Cannot see optical drive or read files from superdrive cgeiber OS X - Operating System 0 05-27-2007 10:57 AM
Creating backups and bootable images... 2kx2 Switcher Hangout 4 05-26-2007 08:53 PM
Installing OS X Panther on external lacie drive roy batty OS X - Operating System 2 06-12-2005 07:11 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?