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?
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?
Hi Brad, here's one...
PowerMac G5 OS X 10.3.4 (Panther) Software Install DVD
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)
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.