Old OS10.2.8

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by smith12345, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. smith12345 macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2012
    Hello, I have a G4 with OS10.2.8. I would like to update the system software, I know that most of the programs on it will no longer work, but I'd like to back up everything to an external hard drive. Is there a way to do it? Most new hard drives need OS10.5 so I don't really know how I would be able to do that. My main concern is the 9000 photos I have in iPhoto. I'd like to put them all on a hard drive that we could hook to our tv and see the photos in a slideshow.
    Thanks for any help.
  2. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'm not aware of any hard drive that requires OS 10.5.

    You didn't say what model your G4 was, but I'd guess it is just an IDE hard drive (they're called PATA drives now).

    I know some of the older macs have a hard time with "BIG" hard drives (bigger than 120 GB) so your upgrade choices would be limited, but you do have options.

    Depending on your specs (CPU speed and RAM) you can go up to 10.5.

    To back your files up, you can use firewire or usb hard drives.
    Just plug in an external drive big enough and you can copy your iPhoto library to it.

    Why do you say that most of the programs on it will no longer work?
    Are you referring to Classic Applications? They can work on 10.4.
  3. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
  4. Nova77 Guest

    May 12, 2011
    SuperDuper is way better-- I've had issues with bootable copies using Carbon Copy Cloner -- none with SuperDuper
  5. myhealth macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2012
    I'm aware of the key-command differences. What I'm saying is that you can't cut and paste between Open Office and regular Mac Apps. Try it. It doesn't work. Not very convenient, if, say, you're doing research on the Web and want to incorporate it into your documents.
  6. smith12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2012
    I was looking at the 1 terabyte hard drive and it said it required OS10.5.
    My other programs are InDesignCS, Photoshop7 (maybe?), and Quark6, I figure since they were probably before the newer OS that they wouldn't work.
    But, my main concern is my photos. I tried to back them up onto dvds, but that doesn't seem to work for them all the time. Also, I loose the names of the photos sometimes.
    Thanks for your help.
  7. Xandros macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2010
    More than likely if the tech specs for the drive state it only works in 10.5 then it'll only work in 10.5 - possibly because it's been partitioned with one of the newer partition schemes only Leopard recognises. Unless you actually tell us the make and model of the drive you want to get (and logically I'm assuming you mean an external drive), and also exactly what G4 you have then no one's going to be able to give you much of a straight answer.

    Picking any old solution out of thin air though I'd say get hold of some Leopard install discs and perform an Archive & Install, which saves the existing system and software but installs a clean version of Leopard for use on the Mac. Then the 1TB drive would more than likely work fine and you could then start shifting your data over to back it up and also see which programs will work. This solution however really does depend on what Mac you've got, but taking a stab in the dark if it's got 10.2 on it could be one of the old MDD models which I believe can support Leopard.

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