9 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2011 10:34 AM by Ray-the-man
Ray-the-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

H all just bought 2. G5 desktops late 2005 one dual 2.0ghz and the other 2.3ghz dual core,

no hard drives or install discs.

what do I need to do to get both up and running I have 2. 1tb sata drives 7200rpm Seagate.

But no install discs what is the best or highest os I can use,

Also how do I format these new drives!

As a newbie to macs I take it drive formatting for the mac G5 is diffrent to fat32 or ntfs formatting.

Bought these from a medical research company that had to remove the hard drives for security reasons, Hence no drives however the guy did let me see them running he said both had tiger on them, just wondered if I can go higher than tiger also it looks like I will need a full install disc  nad key any Ideas?   Thanks Ray

Ps reformatted plenty of pcs these are my first Mac's although I do have an Ipad2 and Iphone so i am a little apple-ish....

Re Ray:)


PowerMac
  • old comm guy Level 4 Level 4 (2,230 points)

    You can format the disks using Disk Utility on a retail install disk.  The last system that will run on your machines is Leopard, 10.5.8 (that's the last update version, though usually the discs that you can get are a little lower than 10.5.8, but Software Update will get you fully current).

     

    You can try Apple's store number 1-800-MY-APPLE or also check eBay or other sources for retail versions of the operating system.  I emphasize retail, because there are also grey system specific discs which will not work on your machine, which you needn't waste your money on.

     

    When you format the discs, you need to make sure that they end up with an Apple Partition Map, which you can tell by looking at the bottom of the Disk Utility main window when you have selected the drive of interest.

     

    Also, you can get manuals online for the machines at this Apple Link, as well as full specifications for the various G5 desktops at this Apple link.

     

    There are also documentation areas in the Leopard Area of Apple Support.

  • Ray-the-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi their is a version of 10.4.9 on fleabay full  unused disc! I take it my G5 wont work with that.

    I'm also based in Glasgow Scotland UK

    I take it that their is NO Key with these discs or am I wrong

    Ive also found out that anything below 10.4.2 wont install because of the dual core Correct?

    Details below for the disc.

     

    Product Identifiers
    BrandApple
    ModelMac OS X 10.4 Tiger Family Pack
    UPC0718908376935
    MPNM9640Z/A

    License Information
    License CategoryStandard
    License VerisonFull Version

    System Requirements
    PlatformMac

    Key Information
    Software CategoryOperating Systems
    Release DateApril, 2005
    Distribution MediaCD-ROM
  • old comm guy Level 4 Level 4 (2,230 points)

    Ray-the-man wrote:

     

    Hi their is a version of 10.4.9 on fleabay full  unused disc! I take it my G5 wont work with that.

    I'm also based in Glasgow Scotland UK

    I take it that their is NO Key with these discs or am I wrong

    Ive also found out that anything below 10.4.2 wont install because of the dual core Correct?

    Details below for the disc.

     

     

    That disc should work fine; in fact it would be a very good choice.  I (as noted in my product lines) run Tiger as I still need Classic support from time to time, and find that it works just fine for everything I do.  If you need the latest iTunes to deal with a very new iPod or the iTunes store, then you would need Leopard.

     

    To get some online graphics working a little better, I would suggest installing Perian freeware to give you some additional video support after you have gotten the machines going.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,280 points)

    10.4.9 was never sold as retail, 10.4.6 was the last.

     

    So that suggests it is OEM and likely for Mac Pro or another model.

     

    Tiger was only sold retail for PPC

    Intel Macs could only use and offered OEM discs

  • Ray-the-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thought that leopard couldnt be installed on this type of mac, If it can, what version do i need As I realy only got this to update my Ipad2 and iphone (sick of Itunes on my win7 pc) I can get a full dvd of tiger 10.4.3 will itunes work with this thanks Guys  Re Ray:)

  • Ray-the-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok just got off of the phone to apple tech support gave them the serial number of the mac and they say as Long as I have 8 gb of ram (which i have) I can run 10.5.11 leopard

    orignol discs for this are £17 (Tiger) full install update to leopard is £85 as Im installing on two systems and need the new version of itunes for my ipad2 not sure which way to go!

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,280 points)

    You don't need 8GB "RAM" but you do need disk space.

     

    Probably 2GB RAM will do fine for basics.

     

    25% or more free disk storage space - of course and at least 20GB - to work and perform properly, more so for performance.

  • Ray-the-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not a problem mate as both systems will have a minimum of 4gb of memory

    And 1tb drives,

    I take it that once the drives are in all I do is insure the DVD and let it or it's stuff

  • Ray-the-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dam this iPhone spell checker