External hard drive compatibility with older Mac OS versions

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by iman.pirmo, May 19, 2019.

  1. iman.pirmo macrumors newbie

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    I found this thread in this forum which kind of answered my question, but I wanted to double check and confirm that this is still the case: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...patible-with-os-10-7-5.2033982/#post-24529195

    I'm running OS X 10.7.5 and want to upgrade to OS El Capitan, but want to back up my data onto an external hard drive. I looked at a My Passport external hard drive, but it said it is only compatible with OS X 10.8 and above. However, can I still use external hard drive to simply back up my Mac, even if it says the system requirements are OS X 10.8 and above (as per the previous thread, if I have read it correctly)?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    My -guess- is that the "My Passport" comes with factory-installed software that requires 10.8 to work.
    However... you don't need to use the factory-installed software.

    If you want a drive that you'll KNOW will work, don't buy a "pre-packaged" WD or Seagate drive.

    Instead, buy a "bare" drive, get an external USB3 enclosure, put the two together (ANYONE can do this), then format and use it.

    I'd suggest a Hitachi/HGST or a Toshiba drive.

    Here's an enclosure that's bulletproof:
    https://www.amazon.com/MiniPro-USB-...ords=oyen+digital+minipro+3.1+usb-c+enclosure

    To create the backup, I'd recommend either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.
    Both are FREE to download and use for 30 days.
     
  3. iman.pirmo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for your help and advice!

    Is this the sort of 'bare' drive you were talking about? https://www.ebuyer.com/726222-toshi...MI1tHvxcqs4gIVBIXVCh0rWAvpEAQYAiABEgKFmPD_BwE

    Sorry for the 'spoon feeding' haha, I just want to make sure that I buy the appropriate items!
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    "Is this the sort of 'bare' drive you were talking about?"

    Yes, but be aware that it's a 3.5" (full-sized) drive, not a 2.5" (laptop sized) one.
     

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