Old Power PC based Adobe Creative Suite...

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by NocturnalEdit, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. NocturnalEdit macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    I'd like to install Leopard on a separate USB 3.0 drive and boot off it to run my power pc based apps on my new 2012 mac mini from time to time.

    I was curious... How fast is running an operating system off a bootable usb 3.0 drive compared to the internal 5200 rpm HD. Would putting a 7200 RPM drive in the 3.0 enclosure improve performance in a worthwhile amount?

    And lastly, could i just buy a say a 64 GB thumb usb 3.0 flash drive.. plug it into a usb 3.0 port.. and run the Leopard off the thumb drive?
  2. NocturnalEdit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    well, i'm already running into problems.. I'm actually trying to install Leopard it to a 16GB SD memory card i had laying around. I'm remotely connected to my old G5 Mac Pro via screen share.. so i'm accessing the SuperDrive from my old computer with the LEOPARD 10.5 install cd inside. I prepped and partioned the 16 GIG sd card, but when i go to install remotely from the superdrive.. it launches and says it needs to restart to install. Then it restarts my new mac mini.. not my power pc mac.. and it loops. Basically says to restart again... and again.. with no option to install.

    (Oh, the only time i missed a dedicated superdrive in this mac mini)
  3. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    Pretty sure that won't work. You can't run a version of OSX older than what came preinstalled (Mountain Lion).
  4. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    This, NOT pretty sure, but sure, it can NOT run Leopard, period.
  5. NocturnalEdit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    that sucks. I guess i ran dual operating systems before and at my work.. but they were always the original shipped operating system and the next one that came out... so i figured running an old OS on my new mini would be no problem.

    Ugh, guess i gotta buy new software now... software that's more expensive than my entire system to boot!
  6. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    The 2011 Mini runs Snow Leopard, and it is the latest mac that runs CS 1.0, Freehand 10 etc. Maybe you can toss yours with someone owning a 2011.
    You can also find a Snow Leopard virtual box image, and run that with Virtual Box on your new mini.
  7. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    Heh, as I hadn't tried it myself I wanted to hedge my bets. :)

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