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Brad12887 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm selling my 2005 emac which is running 10.4.11.  I want to wipe it clean of all my personal data...I've already got everything off of it I need, so I'm ok with wiping it completely.  Is there a way to do this if I don't have the original install disks for this computer?  I have some install disks for my iMac that say iMac Mac OS X Install DVD Version 10.5.6.


Can I use those install disks to take care of upgrading the old emac?


If not....I'm ok with that, but I want the computer to be usable for whoever takes it.  Is there a way to wipe my computer completely clean of all my personal information without wiping the OS?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (289,365 points)

    1. You need the eMac's original disks or a newer retail package that isn't any newer than 10.5.6.

    2. You need to include the disks with it. If needed, phone AppleCare and order replacements.



  • Brad12887 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple doesn't offer support for computers over 7 years old.  Can I use the install disks from the iMac that have 10.5.6?


    But even without there a way to just wipe the computer clean, without reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling the system?

  • Brad12887 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just saw a guy on another thread that said something about creating a new admin account, then clicking on the old one and erasing it.


    Does that wipe it completely clean?

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (289,365 points)

    1. No, you can't use those disks.

    2. That will do most of it, but your information is stored elsewhere in the system. In addition, the new owner won't be able to reinstall the OS without a disk.



  • Brad12887 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To rehash this again.  I'm trying to get rid of this thing soon. I cannot find the original disk, and apple won't help me as they say the computer is too old.  I read somewhere else that the disk matters and you can't just buy any disk online.


    If I wanted to use the iMac disks to install 10.5.6...would it just not work, or is it not good to do?

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (289,365 points)

    The installer on them will refuse to run on an eMac. If you use them to erase the eMac's internal drive, you'll be left with no way of installing an OS on it.



  • Brad12887 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    or if someone could even tell me what disk I need to get?  I'm looking all over the net and can't find what I think is the right one.


    It's a PowerPC G4 1.42GHz 512MB RAM running 10.4.11.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,185 points)

    Hi Brad, here's one...


    PowerMac G5 OS X 10.3.4 (Panther) Software Install  DVD

    Item #:

    2Z691-5094-A 1000949

    Compatible with eMac (ATI Graphics), eMac (1.0 GHz G4), eMac (USB 2.0), iBook ClamShell, iBook (Dual USB), iBook (Late 2001), iBook (14.1 LCD), iBook (16 VRAM), iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM), iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM), iBook (32 VRAM), iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM), iBook (800/900 MHz 32 VRAM), iBook (14.1 LCD 900MHz 32 VRAM), Except - iBook G4 (Mid 2005), all iMac Flavor, all iMac Flat Panel, iMac G5 (17-inch), iMac G5 (20-inch), Mac Mini (original), Power Macintosh G3, Macintosh Server G3, Power Mac G4 & Macintosh Server G4 - all models, Power Mac G5--all models Except - (Power Mac G5 (Early 2005), Power Mac G5 (Late 2005), PowerBook G3 (Bronze Keyboard), PowerBook G4 - all models Except - PowerBook G4 (Double-Layer SD), Xserve G5, Xserve G5 (Cluster Node), Xserve G5 (January 2005), Xserve G5 (January 2005 Cluster Node)


  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (289,365 points)

    That disk is too old for the eMac in question, and is also specific to a single Mac model. All Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier install DVDs are machine-specific.



  • Brad12887 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah...that's the problem.  That's what I heard on another one...the disk was machine specific.  How am I supposed to find one then?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,185 points)

    Thanks Niel, but isn't that an eMac (USB 2.0) ?

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (289,365 points)

    No, it isn't. It's an eMac (2005).



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,185 points)


  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,565 points)

    Brad12887 wrote:

    ... How am I supposed to find one then?

    Have you looked on eBay for a Mac OS 10.4 retail install DVD?

    This black retail DVD would be a suitable replacement for your original grey disks that are no longer replacable by Apple.


    Some perspective though: as it may cost about the same as you would get for the eMac, and this is a massive generalization here but, it may indicate that your eMac without disks may not be worth what you think it is.


    If you could get the part number of the actual grey disk OS that originally shipped with your eMac, then you might be able to hunt down a bargain in the secondhand market.

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