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Question: Connect 2006 iMac 4,1 to a modern external HD?

Can I connect an 2006 iMac 4,1 to a modern 1 TB external hard drive? What cables/adapters might I need?

iMac, iOS 10, iMac 4,1

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The 2006 iMac's have three USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire 400 ports for plugging external hard drives into.


You can plug in and use most any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 external hard drive into one of your 2006 iMac's USB 2.0 ports.


Keep in mind that while USB 3.0 is backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and that a USB 3.0 drive will only communicate at the slower USB 2.0 speed.

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Nov 14, 2017 10:43 AM in response to kratsy In response to kratsy

The 2006 iMac's have three USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire 400 ports for plugging external hard drives into.


You can plug in and use most any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 external hard drive into one of your 2006 iMac's USB 2.0 ports.


Keep in mind that while USB 3.0 is backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and that a USB 3.0 drive will only communicate at the slower USB 2.0 speed.

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