iBook G4 will die when I am furthest from home

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by oldschool006, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. oldschool006 macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Hi everyone. New to the boards here thanks to a tireless '05 iBook. It runs 10.4.1. Original 40gig HD
    It's been getting a bit tired of late and I fear HD failure when I am least able to deal with it as I am in a remote area. It's main function is downloading photofiles to an external HD. After that I need photoshop.
    I've got an external HD firewire, but it's a western digital so not compatible with Superduper. I have the OSX 10.5 discs from my MacPro. Can I use this to work from if my HD fails?
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Western Digital drives shouldn't have any problem working with SuperDuper. It's an external hard disk, just like any other.

    Depends on the disc you're talking about. Is the 10.5 disc you're speaking of the grey disc that came with your Mac Pro? Or is it a Mac OS X disc (with a big "X" on the front)? If it's the grey discs, unfortunately that won't work.

    If you're worried about the hard drive going out soon, make sure your stuff is backed up. You should be able to use SuperDuper, not sure why you couldn't. Also, always make sure to keep your data in two places -- meaning, if your iBook's drive goes out, you're going to need to get a second external drive (because it would suck if your first external drive went out as well).
  3. bionictony macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2008
    only retail osx discs or original restore discs meant for the ibook g4 will work
  4. oldschool006 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2009
    I emailed with Dave Nanian at superduper and was told WD was not compatible to boot from.

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