3TB External Hard Drive with PPC Mac - Will it work?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MaskAndWig, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. MaskAndWig macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2009
    My primary computer is a 2005 iMac G5 (iSight) running 10.5.8. Over the past few years, my array of small-to-medium-sized external hard drives has grown and is now getting difficult to manage. I'd like to consolidate their contents onto a single 3TB external drive and then clone that to another 3TB drive for backup. If I buy a Seagate 3TB external, will I be able to reformat it on my iMac and make use of the full 3TB capacity? Or do you think my old computer will have difficulty recognizing a 3TB drive? Here's the drive I'm considering:


    Thanks for your help!
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    It'll work. You just have to format it with GUID instead of APM to use all of it. And because of that, it won't be bootable with a PowerPC Mac, but it'll work for data storage just fine.
  3. MaskAndWig thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2009

    Thanks for the reply. Data storage is all I really need. Looks like this will do the trick! Thank you!

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