2007 iMac + 6TB Hard Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wylhkg, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. wylhkg macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2013
    I have question for USB connection of 6TB Hard Drive, I am searching on WEB, most of USE external Hard drive docking can using highest 8TB Hard Drive.

    But can 2010 iMac can connect the 6TB hard drive by connecting USB. Due to my iMac so old.

    If yes, how can it connect to my iMac 2007
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    There's no reason it couldn't. That iMac is not "so old."

    Since OS X 10.3 (released in 2003), OS X has been able to address disk volumes of 16 TB - twice as large as the drive you wish to use. OS X 10.5.3 (released in 2007) increased that even farther. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201711

    The size of the disk in A USB external drive is primarily limited by the drive controller inside the external drive enclosure. If the enclosure has a 10TB HDD, the manufacturer damn well better have included a drive controller capable of addressing that drive.

    Do I understand correctly that the drive does work when connected to a 2007 iMac, but does not work when connected to a 2010 iMac? If so, the cause is something other than the size of the hard drive.
  3. wylhkg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2013
    O Thank you very much, I bought Orico USB docking, it is function in my Mac and support 8T, Thank for your information.

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