Installing Mac OS X To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question. I need to re-install Leopard on a friends mac. He has leopard installed atm but he doesnt have the installation disks.
Is there someway to create a bootable usb maybe using the current installation? What other options I got? Posted on Jul 7, 5: How did you intend to do this without a clone or install disks? You can get reasonably clean OSs via a clone and updaters but if you now wish to explore newer OSs my general advice is below. To get information about your Mac click the apple screen top left and select About this Mac. This will give you your OS number. Then click More Info to see which Processor you have.
You can discover more about various Macs at: If you have an Intel Mac it is well worth upgrading to Snow Leopard now and then considering other options after that. Posted on Jul 7, 6: Page content loaded. Jul 7, 6: You can either clone directly to another disk or partition or to a disk image which you can copy to wherever you wish. However, on the left one can clearly see the main " But it allowed me to erase the Macintosh HD option. Why is that?
Has my drive been erased nonetheless? Or do I still need to do something else? Is all hope lost? I'm now stuck on the pop up window which says "To download and restore Mac OS X, your computer's eliegiiilty will have to be verified with Apple.
Loading Installation information It shouldn't be too long. If that doesn't do the trick, there's another more complicated course of action you could try. Step 1: Back Up Your Files! When erasing the harddrive, which format is ideal? Could there be a problem with the Apple servers or what? My hard drive crashed on my Imac took it to computer repair they installed new hard drive, tried to recover data but could not, when we presented the imac to the apple store they told me i would have to buy back my old hd from them um hello no way, so thats why we went to another place that works on macs, so apple said i had lion on the mac, i couldnt remeber but now i remember i had leopard, the computer place installed lion, well now I cannot get any of my programs installed from the dics i have, like my photo software, etc, any cd i put in stays in for a minute then pops back out any help on this?
I have tried to do step 3 to get to the OS-X utilities screen. I cannot do it. Help needed. Opss almost forgot! Not even the dvd drive is working for the iMac. Happy days indeed.
Could it be worst than a bad drive? Also, I don't have a MAC keyboard. I have a Window that works with MAC. In summery, my computer has no files and I won't install a new OS. Thank you.
I have a Mac Mini, but not a Mac keyboard How do I press the 'command' key on a normal keyboard? Try using the Windows key. It should reinstall whatever version you currently have.
Sign in. What other options I got? Page content loaded. At this point, you can start reinstalling any other applications you might have had installed. Jul 7, 6: This is freaking me out.
My original install discs are probably lost for good. Share Your Thoughts Click to share your thoughts. Hot Latest.
Apr 14, Can I buy an OS X Snow Leopard disc and perform a clean install from Buying a Mac without installer disks is contrary to the licence, as the. All without the need for a recovery disc or thumb drive. If you want to play it safe and create a bootable install drive for Mac OS X, you can do so using our guides .
How To: Malware would have to somehow embed itself into the hardware such as in the firmware in order to survive a hard drive erasure. While just hitting Erase gives you a clean drive to reinstall to, it would be a very good idea to to zero the data. The zeroing touches every block of the drive, so if you do have a bad block it would be found and retaliated to a good block.
This would be more important on a drive 3 years and older vs a newer drive. It was true years ago, but modern drives automatically map out bad blocks as they are encountered. Zeroing the drive these days is only important if you want to wipe the data and prevent it from being recoverable. I really want to do a totally clean install of ML.
Is there a straightforward way to accomplish that? You can download the Mountain Lion installer, then make a bootable install disk out of it and use that to erase the hard drive and install ML.
If you make a bootable install disk according to those directions, then you can install in an offline situation. Search for: Step 1: Back up! Step 3: Reinstall This step is pretty simple — just follow the directions to reinstall the system on the newly-erased drive. Step 4: Update Once your system restarts successfully, you will need to be sure that it is fully up-to-date. Step 5: Reconfigure Once your clean, new system is up and running and fully updated, work on getting all the settings back to the way you like them.
Step 6: Import data selectively! Step 7: Reinstall applications At this point, you can start reinstalling any other applications you might have had installed. April 11, at 3: Thomas says: