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Using an external drive for OS, problems with install

964 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2012 3:24 AM by noondaywitch RSS
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Feb 28, 2012 7:26 AM

Hi

 

My iMac, 1.8 GHz, OS 10.5.8, PPC's internal hard drive is failing.  Rather than replace the internal drive, I had hoped to use an external USB drive to run the OS.

 

When using the OS 10.5.x install, I am repeatedly told the OS cannot be installed onto my external drive.

 

I cannot narrow down the isse.

 

Is it because it is a USB drive?

 

Is it the format of the drive?  It is currently formatted as "Mac OS X Extended Journaled."

 

Is it indicative of some other problem with the computer?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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