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Do MAC need special hard drives?

Saturday, August 14th, 2010 @ 2:02 am

I have a G5, and I want to upgraded the primary hard drive. Will any SATA hard drive work, or do I need to get a MAC Hard Drive?


Answer:Any SATA drive will work as long as it is physically the correct size.

Answer:What’s a MAC hard drive? You’ll have to format probably anything you buy, but that takes a matter of seconds in disk utility.

Answer:What model G5 do you have?

Answer:Be sure to format the hard drive. Insert your OS X DVD and boot up the machine holding down the option key. Select Disk Utility from the drop down menu to format the drive (use HFS journaled).

Answer:A"Mac" hard drive is one that has firewire. I was at Best Buy and looking at HDs and they had some in the Apple section, and then had them where the PC stuff is. I looked at the box (the WD have red boxes for mac, whereas the PCs have a black or blue box) and the ones in the mac section had firewire. The HDs in the PC section say MAC/PC compatible. They just dont have FW.

Answer:A"Mac" hard drive is one that has firewire. I was at Best Buy and looking at HDs and they had some in the Apple section, and then had them where the PC stuff is. I looked at the box (the WD have red boxes for mac, whereas the PCs have a black or blue box) and the ones in the mac section had firewire. The HDs in the PC section say MAC/PC compatible. They just dont have FW.

Are you talking about external drives (I hope); the OP question sounds like they want an internal replacement drive.


Answer:What’s a MAC hard drive? You’ll have to format probably anything you buy, but that takes a matter of seconds in disk utility.
seriously….you know what he means:cool:
A"Mac" hard drive is one that has firewire. I was at Best Buy and looking at HDs and they had some in the Apple section, and then had them where the PC stuff is. I looked at the box (the WD have red boxes for mac, whereas the PCs have a black or blue box) and the ones in the mac section had firewire. The HDs in the PC section say MAC/PC compatible. They just dont have FW.

you are mistaken

as long as the interface is correct, it will work with a format to hfs

FW has nothing to do with it being mac only. besides, we are talking with internal drives, not external…………. even then, if we are talking about externals, it doesnt matter


Answer:Be sure to format the hard drive. Insert your OS X DVD and boot up the machine holding down the option key. Select Disk Utility from the drop down menu to format the drive (use HFS journaled).

yep, this is all you’ll have to do, no other special steps or hardware involved.


Answer:Most external drives ship as FAT32 anyway so will work with Mac and PC out the box without reformatting.

Answer:Most external drives ship as FAT32 anyway so will work with Mac and PC out the box without reformatting.

true unless you want to use the drive as the boot drive for your mac which would require a reformat to hfs


Answer:Nothing special needed, whether external or internal. Needs to be formatted as HFS is you want to boot OS X from it.

Answer:….Needs to be formatted as HFS is you want to boot OS X from it.

Also, partition map GUID for Intel, APM for PPC. 10.4 or later required for GUID support for any use.

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