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How do I restore my Mac OS X without a disk?

150 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 11, 2013 11:38 PM by mende1 RSS
Brianna715 Calculating status...
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Jul 11, 2013 11:34 PM

Someone gave me their Mac but left out the CD. So I have all their files and what not still on here. Is there anyway to restore it to factory settings without a disk? If not, is it possible to get one from a local apple store?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 11:38 PM (in response to Brianna715)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities


    As I see that your iMac has got Leopard, call Apple to get replacement DVDs > They will give you the DVDs to reinstall OS X, because Leopard can only be reinstalled from the DVD.


    After getting the DVDs, insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 and hold the C key while your Mac is starting. Then, choose your language, go to Utilities menu (on the menu bar) > Disk Utility, choose Macintosh HD in the sidebar, go to Erase tab and erase the disk.


    Finally, close Disk Utility and reinstall Mac OS X. Open  > Software Update, and install the latest version. Also, iLIfe apps are included in the Mac OS X Install Disc 1.


    Another option you have is to upgrade to Snow Leopard if your Mac is supported > You can buy it from the Apple Online Store > The steps to install it formatting the hard drive are the same, but you will have a newer Mac OS X version


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