I am currently running Mac OS X 10.5.8 but the external harddrive that i bought says I need 10.6.. how can i update my software?
Currently Being ModeratedRe: I am currently running Mac OS X 10.5.8 but the external harddrive that i bought says I need 10.6.. how can i update my software?Nov 23, 2012 1:11 PM (in response to SamanthaMM)
Welcome to the Apple Support Communities
First, check if your computer is supported > http://support.apple.com/kb/sp575 Buy Snow Leopard > http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard Then, make a backup, insert the DVD and upgrade. Finally, open > Software Update and update to the most recent version
Currently Being ModeratedRe: I am currently running Mac OS X 10.5.8 but the external harddrive that i bought says I need 10.6.. how can i update my software?Nov 23, 2012 1:13 PM (in response to mende1)
Upgrading to Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion
You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed.
You can purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax.
After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store.
You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax. It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.
Be sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:
Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion
1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
7. Xserve (Early 2009)
Are my applications compatible?
Am I eligible for the free upgrade?
For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Apple - Upgrade your Mac to OS X Mountain Lion.
Model Eligibility for Snow Leopard and Lion.
Snow Leopard General requirements
1. Mac computer with an Intel processor
2. 1GB of memory
3. 5GB of available disk space
4. DVD drive for installation
5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;
fees may apply.
6. Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms
Lion System Requirements
1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7,
or Xeon processor
2. 2GB of memory
3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)
4. 7GB of available space
5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
Currently Being ModeratedRe: I am currently running Mac OS X 10.5.8 but the external harddrive that i bought says I need 10.6.. how can i update my software?Nov 23, 2012 5:22 PM (in response to SamanthaMM)
The external hard drive requires OS 10.6 ??
Can't think why. Have you tried reformatting it via disk utility?
Currently Being Moderated
there is nothing wrong with your current OS, there is no need to upgrade it.
you just need to format the new drive so that it is compatible with the Mac
applications > utilities > disk utility > click on the new drive to be formatted in the left hand column, then
partition > current > 1 partition > options > GUID > apply