Do MAC need special hard drives?

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  1. spocksbrain macrumors newbie

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    I have a G5, and I want to upgraded the primary hard drive. Will any SATA hard drive work, or do I need to get a MAC Hard Drive?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Any SATA drive will work as long as it is physically the correct size.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    What's a MAC hard drive? You'll have to format probably anything you buy, but that takes a matter of seconds in disk utility.
     
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Be sure to format the hard drive. Insert your OS X DVD and boot up the machine holding down the option key. Select Disk Utility from the drop down menu to format the drive (use HFS+ journaled).
     
  6. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    A"Mac" hard drive is one that has firewire. I was at Best Buy and looking at HDs and they had some in the Apple section, and then had them where the PC stuff is. I looked at the box (the WD have red boxes for mac, whereas the PCs have a black or blue box) and the ones in the mac section had firewire. The HDs in the PC section say MAC/PC compatible. They just dont have FW.
     
  7. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    Are you talking about external drives (I hope); the OP question sounds like they want an internal replacement drive.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    seriously....you know what he means:cool:
    you are mistaken

    as long as the interface is correct, it will work with a format to hfs

    FW has nothing to do with it being mac only. besides, we are talking with internal drives, not external............. even then, if we are talking about externals, it doesnt matter
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yep, this is all you'll have to do, no other special steps or hardware involved.
     
  10. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Most external drives ship as FAT32 anyway so will work with Mac and PC out the box without reformatting.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    true unless you want to use the drive as the boot drive for your mac which would require a reformat to hfs
     
  12. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Nothing special needed, whether external or internal. Needs to be formatted as HFS+ is you want to boot OS X from it.
     
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Also, partition map GUID for Intel, APM for PPC. 10.4 or later required for GUID support for any use.
     

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