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January 18, 2014 3:08:57 AM

I have no experience of Macs. I have just received one for repair. Screen smashed, unreadable. Machine boots, but HDD sounds like a bag of nails for about 10 secs then calms down. Maybe kaput, maybe not. I can replace the screen no bother, but how do I replace the OS? 2 possibilities, if the HDD is readable, copy it using a PC if that's possible, and re-install to a new drive. Otherwise download OS X 10.4.6? From where? Do you need Product keys like Windows? Any help appreciated. Meanwhile have requested owner to search for Install disks, but as it's approaching 8 years old, may not happen...

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January 18, 2014 3:18:13 AM

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January 18, 2014 3:18:20 AM

Hdd sounds like it is gone, you may be able to download an os x iso from a torrent site if the customer is unable to find the install disks, 10.5 would be your best bet imo, though you may need to follow some instructions to get it onto a dvd, unless you have some dual layer disks.

Once you get the disk sorted, booting and installing is relatively simple, no product keys required.

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January 18, 2014 3:21:29 AM

bobmanuk said:
Hdd sounds like it is gone, you may be able to download an os x iso from a torrent site if the customer is unable to find the install disks, 10.5 would be your best bet imo, though you may need to follow some instructions to get it onto a dvd, unless you have some dual layer disks.

Once you get the disk sorted, booting and installing is relatively simple, no product keys required.



u dont study toms laws about how to answer a question.
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January 18, 2014 3:28:10 AM

bobmanuk said:
Hdd sounds like it is gone, you may be able to download an os x iso from a torrent site if the customer is unable to find the install disks, 10.5 would be your best bet imo, though you may need to follow some instructions to get it onto a dvd, unless you have some dual layer disks.

Once you get the disk sorted, booting and installing is relatively simple, no product keys required.


Thanks. Saw this on Ebay, sounds reasonably priced, and according to the specs the machine will accept up to 10.6.8

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mac-OS-X-Snow-Leopard-10-6-Fu...

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January 18, 2014 4:44:33 AM

That should be fine, though macs are licensed for the version they came with, I can't remember how to check, but which ever version you get can be installed no problem.

Iirc 10.6.8 is the last version where the store was implemented and the downloadedable upgrades could be purchased.


And I never mentioned how to download (or where to download) torrents, simply that it would be the easiest option.

If its against the rules to refer to torrents then I'm sorry
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