new external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mvalletto, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. mvalletto macrumors newbie

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    I have just hooked up an external hard drive to be used for both storage and drive for TechTool Pro. Do I have to/can I install Mac OSx onto this drive or is it puresly a storage device?? I know this is probably a basic question, but my skills are also fairly basic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Mike:confused:
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Most likely... If you have a PPC Mac then it must be a Firewire connection. If you have a newer Intel Mac then it can connect via either USB or Firewire. Tell us a little more about the set up and we might be able to walk you through it. :)
     
  3. mvalletto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    more info

    I have a 1Gig iMac G4 and the hard drive is a WD My Book USB. The drive is recognized by the system, but in order to run certain things from TechTool, I believe the drive must be running Mac OS. Again, thanks for the input.
    -Mike
     
  4. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    You can only use a USB drive as a data drive on a PPC system, i.e. you cannot install and boot OS X from it. You will either need a Firewire drive, or get an Intel based Mac (may be the excuse you need to upgrade)
     
  5. mvalletto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Should have asked before buying!

    Not what I wanted to hear, but thanks none the less.
    -Mike
     

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