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how to reinstall operating system without disk

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woostar22 Calculating status...
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Sep 17, 2011 12:57 AM

I accidentally erased my hard drive on my mac mini and lost the discs I need to reinstall.. is there a way to reinstall operating system with out the discs? I have the osx 10.4 btw...

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4 (1,735 points)
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    Sep 17, 2011 4:08 AM (in response to woostar22)

    Call Apple they will send you replacement discs for a fee

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Sep 17, 2011 4:48 AM (in response to woostar22)

    You can call Apple support, and they may, or may no longer have, the original disks for your mini. If they have them, I believe they were running around $65.


    If not, you have several choices .... if your mini will support 10.5 Leopard (see, the online Apple store may still have it for sale, but you have to call them at 800-MY-APPLE.


    Second, you can buy Tiger new from some vendors, one of which is .  Don't buy an upgrade version (since you have nothing on your hard drive to upgrade from).


    Third, you can buy a used copy of Tiger from ebay/craigslist/etc. If you buy used, either buy a retail copy with black  faced disc's or if gray-faced, ensure it is for your model of mac mini, because the gray-faced discs are locked to the system type they are delivered with.  If buying used, safer to buy a used retail (black face) version.


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