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My iBook G4 has OS X 10.4.11, it needs 10.5.8 or higher to run the external hard drive I recently purchased. I was not aware of this until many unsuccessful attempts to get the thing to work and I read the fine print on the box. The guy at Staples said to just hook it up and there would be "Prompts" to get it going. I now believe he knew about as much as I did about this product! Really need the storage space for about 4000 photos, music, etc. Please advise.

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closed as not a real question by Jason Salaz, Nathan Greenstein Nov 11 '11 at 17:45

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

What exactly is your question here? "Where do I get OSX 10.5 from", "I have 10.5 on a DVD, what do I have to consider before upgrading", or something else? And just out of curiosity: What kind of hard drive are we talking about here? – patrix Nov 11 '11 at 15:05
In its current form, there is really no question here. Feel free to clarify using the edit link under your question. If you do, I'll be happy to reopen this. Please take a look at the FAQs for more info. Thanks. – Nathan Greenstein Nov 11 '11 at 17:45

If you want to upgrade your iBook G4 to 10.5, then you need a install CD. Obviously it is no longer sold by Apple, therefore you need to find someone in your entourage who has a disk, or maybe look on Craig's list for someone who might have one to sell or give away.

Then upgrading to 10.5.8 will simply be a matter of running software update.

The tricky part will be finding a disk, or an image of a disk that you could burn onto a CD/DVD.

And just to be sure you are aware of this: 10.5.8 will be the most recent OS you will be able to install on your iBook, since Snow Leopard and later is Intel only. :-)

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