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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9
    Bought a Seagate FreeAgent Desk external drive for backup but, it turns out, can't use it on my Mac running OS10.3.9. Can't update the software because I only have 512KB memory and (I think) don't have an Intel processor. Specs:

    Power Mac G5
    CPU Type: PowerPC 970 (2.2)
    Number of CPUs: 2
    CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512KB
    Memory: 512MB
    Bus Speed: 900 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.1.2f2

    Further, I believe I have a cd drive, not dvd, which would also prevent me from installing newer OS.

    Questions:
    Can I update the OS, given the above? And, failing that, can one recommend an external drive (Seagate preferred) that will work with the older OS?

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9
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    10.3 should support that drive. What is the problem? Does it show up in Disk Utility when you connect it?
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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9
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    Also, a G5 would have come with a DVD drive

    Power Macintosh G5 1.8 DP (PCI) Specs (Mid-2004, M9454LL/A, A1047, PowerMac7,3) @ EveryMac.com

    Upgrading the ram would be inexpensive and you could then ude OSX 10.5 Leopard on that G5
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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Well, I did not even open the box, as it says on it that a requirement for its use is OS 10.4.9 or later. And, yes, I suppose adding memory is an option. thanks for setting me straight regarding the dvd drive!

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9
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    That's most likely a requirement of the backup software that accompanies the drive. No biggie, you probably don't want to use that anyway.
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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Well, I opened the box and plugged it in, after calling Seagate and being told that, if I was just using it for storage, the OS problem did not matter and that the machine would recognize it. Plugged it in and got this: "You have inserted a disk containing volumes that Mac OS X can read. To continue with the disk inserted, click ingnore." I did that and nothing happened. Any help out there?

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori@Copy-Rite View Post
    Well, I opened the box and plugged it in, after calling Seagate and being told that, if I was just using it for storage, the OS problem did not matter and that the machine would recognize it. Plugged it in and got this: "You have inserted a disk containing volumes that Mac OS X can read. To continue with the disk inserted, click ingnore." I did that and nothing happened. Any help out there?
    Well it seems you can use the disk, but surely you need to decide on the end point and work from there.
    1/ Upgrade ram - Yes or No
    2/ Later OS - Tiger or Leopard - Yes or No

    RAM seems those G5s came with 2 x 128 ram units - you have 512 so that is either 2 x 256 or one 512 - Check System Profiler/Memory to see what u have.
    Apple/AboutThis Mac/More Info/Memory.
    then if you decide on that then you can decide on OS, then decide on back up plan.

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Can't upgrade OS as processor isn't Intel, a requirement for Tiger or Leopard. Just want it to recognize the disk, so I can use it for storage/backup.

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    2 Mini's (1.83(2GB ram/320GB HDD & 2.26 GHz 2GB ram/160GB HDD))
    Quote Originally Posted by Dori@Copy-Rite View Post
    Can't upgrade OS as processor isn't Intel, a requirement for Tiger or Leopard. Just want it to recognize the disk, so I can use it for storage/backup.
    That is not correct.

    Leopard (10.5.x) will support a G5
    Summary

    Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard requires:

    * A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or Power PC G4 (867 MHz or faster) processor
    * 512 MB memory or more
    * A DVD drive for installation
    * 9 GB of available disk space or more
    * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider, fees may apply.
    * Some features require Apple's MobileMe service; fees apply.

    Please know the requirements before posting something like that.

    PS That is a direct cut and paste from the apple web site.

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    2 Mini's (1.83(2GB ram/320GB HDD & 2.26 GHz 2GB ram/160GB HDD))
    Is this FreeAgent the MAC or PC version?

    PC version might need to be reformatted before it can be used.

    Do you plan on using it with both a PC and a MAC or just on the MAC?


    Mark

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    It is a Seagate Mac version. If I was incorrect on the requirements of upgrading my software, I humbly apologize. I've been looking at a lot of information, in order to solve this problem. I'll be honest with you, I can't even find Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard in the Store on their website, only Snow Leopard 10.6. Third party sites do have Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, but it's $180. and I can't ask my boss to do that.

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori@Copy-Rite View Post
    It is a Seagate Mac version. If I was incorrect on the requirements of upgrading my software, I humbly apologize. I've been looking at a lot of information, in order to solve this problem. I'll be honest with you, I can't even find Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard in the Store on their website, only Snow Leopard 10.6. Third party sites do have Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, but it's $180. and I can't ask my boss to do that.
    Ok good the MAC version will play nicely with the MAC (obviously).

    Requirments mix up is ok, I myself get overly excited at times. In all honesty I should have not posted something like that. I'm sorry also.

    Yeah you won't be able to find Leopard at the Apple site or stores, as soon as SL came out, Leopard disappeared.

    You might be able to find a 'used' copy on ebay or craigslist.

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori@Copy-Rite View Post
    It is a Seagate Mac version. If I was incorrect on the requirements of upgrading my software, I humbly apologize. I've been looking at a lot of information, in order to solve this problem. I'll be honest with you, I can't even find Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard in the Store on their website, only Snow Leopard 10.6. Third party sites do have Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, but it's $180. and I can't ask my boss to do that.
    Ok good the MAC version will play nicely with the MAC (obviously).

    Requirments mix up is ok, I myself get overly excited at times. In all honesty I should have not posted something like that. I'm sorry also.

    Yeah you won't be able to find Leopard at the Apple site or stores, as soon as SL came out, Leopard disappeared.

    You might be able to find a 'used' copy on ebay or craigslist.

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9

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    Can a "used" copy be safely installed?

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    Hard drive for OS 10.3.9
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    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    You need a Retail version of 10.4 or 10.5. A Gray machine specific DVD will not work. You can find them on Ebay but be sure it's a full Retail version.

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