Imac G5 with Tiger 10.4.11 upgrading to Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ribbo1939, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. ribbo1939 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Having erased and rebuilt my Imac G5 (PPC) up to 10.4.11 (Tiger) , I would like some advice on how I can restore and upgrade to Leopard from my external hard drive.

    I have a Lacie 250GB external drive that has on it 3 partitions; (a) a bootable Leopard DVD , (b) a bootable Leopard System and (c) my Time Machine backups.(a & b are my way of playing safe)

    This ext. drive has only ever been used with my Imac.

    I know that I'm unable to use T/M now, because its not compatible with Tiger.

    The 3 partitions on my Lacie I did when I first got, it thinking it would be helpful sometime in the future.

    So some advice for a novice would be appreciated.

  2. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    Umm, why? ;^)

    Hi Ribbo -

    I'm not sure why you want to do this . . . Do you not have the physical
    Leopard install DVD? Unfortunately, after you install from it, you're not
    likely to use it again. That's been my experience, anyway.

    Having multiple partitions does not guarantee any more "security" - when
    the LaCie hard drive fails, you won't have access to any of the partitions.

    In the past year, I've had a power supply fail and a hard drive fail. Both
    times, after getting the system back from Apple with a clean disk, I just
    booted from my external Firewire drive and restored from it, or the 2nd
    time, from my Time Machine USB drive.

    I moved to Leopard after making a full, bootable copy of my 10.4.11 system
    onto an external 250GB drive, knowing that if the Leopard install failed, I
    could boot from the external drive and start over. And I booted from the
    Leopard install DVD.

    Then, I erased the internal hard drive and installed Leopard from scratch.
    I've never had any problems since, and I have the same system as you.

    To be fair, I have 3 external drives: 2 250GB Firewire drives that have backup
    copies of the internal 250GB drive (my "security blanket" - if one fails, I
    have one more), and an USB drive that holds my Time Machine backups. Yes,
    this is overkill . . . But I have many GBs of music, photos, financial and tax
    records, homeowners association files, college files from wife and 3 kids,
    and on and on . . .

    So my recommendation to you is to go spend $100-150 on a 500GB-750GB
    USB drive and use it for TM, and turn your LaCie into a SuperDuper backup
    clone drive.

    One other thought: always use the "combo" updates. Download them onto
    your hard drive and run them from the .dmg file - don't let Software Update
    control the process. Of course, do a full backup before you do an update.

    Hope this helps . . .



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