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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 http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3759), 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 http://hardcoremac.stores.yahoo.net/ .  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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