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  1. #1

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    Apr 11, 2010
    question about flash drives & oldest imacs
    Is it possible to use a USB flash drive to extract data from an old ("grape-colored") iMac running something like OS 8?
    Answers welcome.

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    cradom's Avatar
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    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP Linux Mint 18
    Most flash drives are USB2.0, those old imac's are 1.0. While the drive is backwards compatible, they draw more power.
    My B&W complains about it. You might can use a powered hub and get it to work.
    Whether OS 8 can access a flash drive, I'm not sure. Might be better off using ethernet on a network and another computer.

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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Mac OS 8.1 was the first version to introduce USB support

    Transfers would very very slow but doable
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    Oct 20, 2006
    OS 8.5 would even be better.

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