Drop-in vs Full Install New OS discs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macjay, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. macjay macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I think I know the answer to this question but I want to make sure. When a new OS is announced and then you buy a Mac that comes with a "drop-in" OS disc, is that always an upgrade version rather than a full install?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I would assume that they're actual full install discs, but I could be wrong.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  5. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say it depends on what kind of media it's on

    upgrades would likely be on CD(s) and full installs on a DVD
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've done clean installs using my drop-in disc. :confused:

    It was scratched so I made a copy of it just in case too.
     
  7. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    What a coincidence that this came up. Just yesterday a buddy of mine called to ask if he could borrow the install discs from my Intel Mini to use on his Intel iMac. Apparently, they are scratched all to pieces and not useable. I haven't had a chance to go over and help him out yet, but neither of us were sure if this would work.

    Would it?
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you both have the same Intel Mac minis it will work. Copy your discs and give them a copy. (Don't let them toss their scratched originals.) They're still tied to the hardware.
     
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You can use newer CDs/DVDs on older hardware of a similar type. My friend used the DVD that came with my Aluminum PB on his DVI TiBook without a problem. However, the desktop discs probably wouldn't work on a laptop.
     

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