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Gr80Likes2Boogi
Apr 27, 2011, 05:48 PM
Hi all,

So I have that other thread regarding which, between a G4 iMac and G5 Powermac, I am going to possibly purchase, but I'm a little uneasy about the lack of OS discs. Googling and Craigslisting has a plethora of people who have discs for purchase, but isn't it kind of machine-specific? Where or how would I go about having a safe backup in the event I need/want to reinstall OSX.4? I looked on Apple's site as well and couldn't really find the answer... I realize as I'm getting closer to purchasing an older Mac for my theatre's playback system, not having the install discs if something happens makes me nervous!

Thanks for your help!



simsaladimbamba
Apr 27, 2011, 05:53 PM
There is also eBay buying Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 Retail DVDs.
The model specific Restore DVDs and CDs are grey, the Retail DVDs and CDs are coloured.

Gr80Likes2Boogi
Apr 27, 2011, 06:01 PM
So I would be fine buying a colored, retail version, yes?

And thanks, Sim, for your pm.

simsaladimbamba
Apr 27, 2011, 06:05 PM
So I would be fine buying a colored, retail version, yes?


Yep.

Retail CD/DVD
http://www.o2soft.com/image/593/id59390_1000_1861d1219504581-tiger_cd.jpg
http://carnesoft.net/uploads/posts/2011-02/27/122983-0-a9454d72b39cd50718e703ac22bf749e.jpg


Restore CD/DVD
http://www.parts4ipods.com/WebRoot/Store3/Shops/es115703_shop/4B27/8DA3/5260/F3F3/62E9/0A0F/1116/E06F/imac_leopard.jpg

DewGuy1999
Apr 27, 2011, 07:49 PM
My retail OS X 10.4.6 Tiger looks like this:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KAQcNppHL.jpg

simsaladimbamba
Apr 27, 2011, 07:52 PM
My retail OS X 10.4.6 Tiger looks like this:

Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KAQcNppHL.jpg)

Thanks, I couldn't find anything proper via Chandler's rival.

cocacolakid
Apr 28, 2011, 04:22 PM
The retail discs will work in all Macs (assuming they meet the basic requirements of the OS), while the grey system restore discs are only for the specific model, i.e., you can't use a grey iMac restore disc on a Mac Mini or Power Mac, even if it is the same OS version.

zen.state
Apr 28, 2011, 04:45 PM
My retail OS X 10.4.6 Tiger looks like this:

Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KAQcNppHL.jpg)

Mine is the same.