Can the OS X retail disc install on an empty HD?

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  1. woedawg macrumors newbie

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    I have a new HD that I want to use on a G4. Before I run out and buy the latest OS X pack I wanted to know if it was possible to install the retail version on an empty unpartitioned drive. I don't have a copy of the early OS versions.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    You mean you want to install Mac OS X on a new disk? Sure, you can. But you'll have to create a HFS+ partition on it first. (you can do that with the OS X install CD).
    Or do I not entirely understand your question...?
     
  3. woedawg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like the right answer :cool:

    I was under the impression that the retail version of OS X was for upgrades only. Since I don't have a version of OS 9.x I wanted to make sure I could install it.

    Thanx!
     
  4. maradong macrumors 65816

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    yup, you should be able to do so. We loaded a new hd in our imac and it is working fine with that disc.
     
  5. arn macrumors god

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    Nope... the retail ($129 or so) version is a full install. So, you should be able to install it on a completely empty drive/machine.

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