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Question: How do I create a boot USB from an older version of OSX?

A friend of mine bought an iMac (2008) but apparently it wasn't wiped properly. After much messing about and failures to install OSX, I think it is because I am downloading the latest version. Unfortunately I can't download ElCapitan because the version on my Mac is newer. I have checked my purchase history and I haven't ever downloaded OSX so can't go that route. The other option that I have read is to get DVD's of SnowLeopard and upgrade it from there. There has to be another way? I have searched through so many forums and can't find anything that helps me.

I don't profess to know much about technicalities on Macs. They work so that is all I have been interested in after many frustrated years of using Windows, so please talk me through in baby steps if you can.

If there is anyone out there who can help, it would be much appreciated.

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Mar 1, 2018 2:44 AM in response to dorothy74 In response to dorothy74

You can try to download it at the link below. If it won't let you, find an older computer where you can download it using your friend's Apple ID.


El Capitan

You can make a bootable USB stick to install using this free program which will do all the work for you.


Bootable USB Flash Drive – Diskmaker X oruse Apple’s method Create a bootable installer for OS


Snow Leopard Purchase

Use the combo update to save time in Software Update.


10.6.8 Combo Updater

App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard

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Mar 1, 2018 2:44 AM in response to dorothy74 In response to dorothy74

You can try to download it at the link below. If it won't let you, find an older computer where you can download it using your friend's Apple ID.


El Capitan

You can make a bootable USB stick to install using this free program which will do all the work for you.


Bootable USB Flash Drive – Diskmaker X oruse Apple’s method Create a bootable installer for OS


Snow Leopard Purchase

Use the combo update to save time in Software Update.


10.6.8 Combo Updater

App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard

Mar 1, 2018 2:44 AM

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