2008 Mac Pro OSX question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rickprice79, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. rickprice79 macrumors newbie

    rickprice79

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    Hello all, I picked up a 2008 8 core Mac Pro on ebay and it currently doesn't have a hard drive installed. I will need to install one (easy enough) and will need to install OSX. I helped a friend with a 2012 Macbook pro that crashed and discovered that we were able to perform a web install from the bios. My question is, will I be able to do this with a 2008 Mac? If not what are my options.

    I do have access to a usb hard drive and 16gb usb thumbdrive if needed.
     
  2. Macschrauber macrumors member

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    Your Mac Pro 3.1 has no internet recovery. U may get a Snow Leopard DVD from Apple to start with an OS. Or install from another Mac via Fire Wire target mode.
     
  3. mfletcher macrumors newbie

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    If you have access to another Mac thats fairly recent, you can download the El Capitan OS X installer and use it to create install media on a usb device, like your thumbdrive for example.

    Mac Pro 3,1 supports installing OSX off a thumbdrive.
     
  4. rickprice79 thread starter macrumors newbie

    rickprice79

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I will see if I can get a hold of my neighbors Macbook pro. That sounds like the easier option.
     

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