7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2012 1:58 PM by Nancyb123
Nancyb123 Level 1 (0 points)

I own a Power Mac G5 and am currently transferring all my files and music over. I have already run out of start up disk space after only transferring 1000 tracks and a few files. I'm sure this can't be right, but even so I would like to expand my memory and update to the latest versions of OSX but I have no idea if this is possible with such an old machine or even cost efficient. I would like something that I can do design work on as well as storing around 50,000 song tracks. Help!

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Machine Model: PowerMac7,2
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,242 points)

    HI Nancy,


    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.


    Then click on More Info>Hardware and report this upto *but not including the Serial#*...


    Hardware Overview:


    Machine Name: Power Mac G5 Quad

    Machine Model: PowerMac11,2

    CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (1.1)

    Number Of CPUs: 4

    CPU Speed: 2.5 GHz

    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB

    Memory: 10 GB

    Bus Speed: 1.25 GHz

    Boot ROM Version: 5.2.7f1


    There are 5 different 7,2 G5s, how many RAM slots does it have?


    See if you can get the date of manufacture using the serial#.


    If you don't know the model, find the Serial# & use it on one of these sites, but don't post the Serial# here...






    How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product...



  • Glen Doggett Level 4 (1,840 points)

    Nancyb123 wrote:


    I own a Power Mac G5 ... I would like to ... update to the latest versions of OSX but I have no idea if this is possible ...

    Sorry, but this is not possible for a G5 PowerPC Mac, the 3 latest versions (10.6, 10.7, 10.8) of OS X require an Intel Mac.


    What software do you use for your design work?

  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    You aren't looking for memory, you are looking for storage space; hard drive space.


    You can add a hard drive to your machine (G5 has two slots) to keep your libraries and user data on. Keeping the System drive for just the OS and applications is a good way to maintain performance.



    Add a 1-2 TB Hitachi or Western Digital 7200 RPM drive to your machine and enjoy loads of space for all of your music files.


    BTW, your G5 cannot update beyond OS X 10.5.8.

  • Nancyb123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I did consider this as a temporary measure but because my OS is so old I can't install flash player or Firefox. I also can't install my printer driver. It was a debate between updating the hardware or buying a Mac Mini. Unless there is a way around the problems of installing updates and drivers? Thanks for the help.

  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    Though the Mac Mini has limited internal drive capacity, it is much faster, architecturally. An external drive or two would take care of any storage needs, but other considerations remain.


    The question on whether or not to move to a Mini (or iMac) would then become one of software; "How much would it cost to update your third party software"?


    As far as the web goes, even Leopard has it's limitations. There is a "hack" to make the "latest" Flash available for PPC Macs to work with sites like YouTube, but, in the end, web needs for video will remain a challenge for PPC Macs.

    For further info on Flash, see the following thread:


  • Nancyb123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry for late reply


    Here you go:


    Machine Name:          Power Mac G5

      Machine Model:          PowerMac7,2

      CPU Type:          PowerPC 970  (2.2)

      Number Of CPUs:          1

      CPU Speed:          1.6 GHz

      L2 Cache (per CPU):          512 KB

      Memory:          2.5 GB

      Bus Speed:          800 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          5.1.5f2


    Production year: 2003

    Production week: 37 (September)

    Production number: 22808 (within this week)

    Name: PowerMac G5 (2003)

    ModelCode: g5

    Model Number: M9020

    Group1: PowerMac

    Group2: G5

    Generation: 1

    Machine Model: PowerMac7,2

    CPU speed: 1.6GHz

    Memory - flavour: DDR1-L-400

    Memory - number of slots: 4

  • Nancyb123 Level 1 (0 points)

    I use Adobe programs, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver.