7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2012 6:29 PM by Hennesseystealth
Hennesseystealth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Long story, but my HD died on the mini and the DVD that came with the mini was NOT an OS installation disc.  I had to pay Apple $17 to get the correct DVD to get the mini running but the DVD had ZERO applications that came preloaded on the original HD.  I don't care about anything but Appleworks and wanted to know how I get that back on the mini.  I really don't want to have to pay Apple again and I am a bit concerned about pulling the file off the old HD not knowing if it is corrupted and if you can simply drag and drop the file out of the old Applications folder.  Any suggestions?


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1Gb DRAM
  • 1. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    Hennesseystealth wrote:

    ... the DVD that came with the mini was NOT an OS installation disc. 

     

    OK, was it the Applications installation disc? If so AppleWorks would be on it.

     

    You can't buy AppleWorks from Apple any longer:

     

    http://www.apple.com/support/appleworks/

     

    ...  but it is available on the used market: http://www.amazon.com/AppleWorks-6-for-Mac/dp/B00004R8L3

     

    Before buying it try dragging the AppleWorks program from your old HD. There are no special installation utilities for AW. Just drag its icon to your Applications folder.

     

    If the file is corrupted it simply won't work.

  • 2. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    Hennesseystealth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately, there were only 2 DVDs in the box with the mini (bought from an authorized Apple retailer) and they were OS 10.4 (which turned out to be an upgrade DVD requiring 10.3 to be installed first...of course, 10.3 wasn't included in the box) and iWorks trial.  No applications DVD or anything else save the paper user manual.

     

    I will do the drag and drop and see how things go.

  • 3. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,180 points)

    "I…wanted to know…if you can simply drag and drop the file out of the old Applications folder."

     

    Not quite, AppleWorks needs the files and folders included in the AppleWorks 6 folder, not just the application package.

     

    Drag the AppleWorks 6 folder to the Applications folder on the Mini.

     

    AppleWorks will create preference and cache files as it need them. These should not be transfered from the old HD.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

     

    PS: AW 6 install disks came in a couple of versions. On earlier ones, the installer application ran on Mac OS 9. Hard Core Mac has had AW 6 installation disks available for some time. To the best of my knowledge, these used an OS X versionn of the installer software.

     

    B

  • 4. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    Hennesseystealth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try copying over the folder from my old drive...Unfortunately, neither the old HD or the backup I made to an old 40Gb Maxtor shows up on my mini.  Both are readable on Macdrive running on my PC and I formatted the Maxtor to HFS+ before copying data.  The old HD shows up in Disk Utility but not on the desktop. The Maxtor doesn't show up in either location.  Finder Preferences is properly set to show all drives on the desktop. Any ideas?

  • 5. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    Hennesseystealth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately, after formatting a USB stick and transferring over the Appleworks6 folder, all it does is blink and nothing further happens. I assume that means the file resided on a corrupted part of the HD.

  • 6. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,180 points)

    What do you see when you open the AppleWorks 6 folder on the USB stick?

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • 7. Re: Reinstalling Appleworks after HD failure
    Hennesseystealth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    same thing.  I am finding that virtually all the apps need to be reinstalled. The issues must have been with the catalog files for the system and apps.