Bought an used Mac 2006 desktop without an OS

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  1. Rip2006Mac macrumors newbie

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    I am getting a headache trying to figure this out. The previous owner deleted all his drives including LionOS (I know it is Lion because it still gives me the option to "reinstall Lion" but I can not do this since it is currently "unavailable from the apple store"). I was wondering if this was because I have not bought lion http://www.apple.com/shop/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion from my account on the app store yet?

    I would eternally grateful if someone could help me with this and give me some options. Is it possible for my to just install windows or linux on it from a USB drive just incase?
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68030

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  3. LAHegarty macrumors member

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    Download Loin burn it to a DVD, put in Mac Pro hit 'c' on boot to boot from DVD, follow instructions on screen.
     
  4. akadafni macrumors regular

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    If the computer actually came with Lion, you can use Internet Recovery to reinstall Lion. A 2006 model actually probably came with Jaguar or Panther which would require the OS install disks. You can always contact AppleCare with the SN and they can tell you what OS came on the computer. You may need to visit an AASP to get a copy of older OS. Good Luck!
     
  5. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    2006 MacPros originally shipped with "Tiger 10.4.7".
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Internet recovery is NOT available on a 2006 Mac Pro. That feature is not available on Macs prior to 2010 models, so the 2006 is too old.
    If the internal drive was "deleted", which could mean that the hidden recovery partition was ALSO deleted, then the only choice is to reinstall OS X from a bootable installer, or to restore a working system from another drive.
     
  7. akadafni macrumors regular

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    Either way, he's gonna need a disk
     

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