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    Help! OSX Tiger 10.4.11 External Hard Drive Needed
    i have an old iBook G4 with Tiger OS X 10.4.11 and I can't seem to find an external hard drive that is compatible. Most say system requirements OS X 10.5 and above. I do not want to upgrade as I just use my Mac at home for photos, music, and surfing. Need to move my music and photos to an external drive. Any suggestions on a brand that'll work? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenbean67 View Post
    i have an old iBook G4 with Tiger OS X 10.4.11 and I can't seem to find an external hard drive that is compatible. Most say system requirements OS X 10.5 and above. I do not want to upgrade as I just use my Mac at home for photos, music, and surfing. Need to move my music and photos to an external drive. Any suggestions on a brand that'll work? Thanks!
    Here's a solution for $57.99:

    OWC VLU2SD22XLS Value Line USB2.0/1.1 22X... in stock at OWC

    Generally OWC has less expensive external CD/DVD drives ($29-$32)...but this seems to be the least expensive they have currently.

    HTH,

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    Thx Nick--I need and external hard drive not DVD drive to store extra files.

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    Looks like it might have been the wrong link... try OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro Bus-Powered FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and 2.5" SATA Portable Hard Drive & SSD Solution

    System requirements at the bottom of the page say 10.2.x or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenbean67 View Post
    Thx Nick--I need and external hard drive not DVD drive to store extra files.
    Oops...sorry...I missed that little detail. You have two options for an external HD:

    1. Just buy any "USB" based external HD from your favorite computer store.

    For example this one for $57.99:

    OWC MSU35100GB8 100GB Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0 /... in stock at OWC

    2. Get the appropriate external USB HD housing (IDE or SATA)...if you have an extra internal HD just laying around your place. Then install the HD into the external housing, plug into your Mac via USB...good to go.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvenStranger View Post
    Looks like it might have been the wrong link... try OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro Bus-Powered FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and 2.5" SATA Portable Hard Drive & SSD Solution

    System requirements at the bottom of the page say 10.2.x or later.
    You beat me to it!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Thank you all!

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    My 2c worth - a refurbished or second-hand external IDE (ATA) drive, for storage only, connected via a USB-IDE adaptor, total cost about US$30. I'd recommend an externally-powered drive, rather than bus-powered.

    I have three or four external IDE drives (incl an old IBM Bigfoot), which is over the top, but I can't bear to part with them. Actually, new IDE drives are getting harder to come by but several retailers (other than OWC) seem still to carry stocks.
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    As it is a G4, if you want it to be bootable get a Firewire model and as hughvane says from there.
    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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