Collection of OS Discs Project

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by ultrafiel, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. ultrafiel macrumors member

    May 19, 2002
    So I got this idea from a friend, but I have expanded on it. I recently set out to get all the older Mac OS discs with the intent to frame them and display. Today I finished collecting them, but I could use some ideas on how to mount and display them properly. I don't want to ruin the discs with glue or anything of that sort, but my intent is to mount them like I have in my layout (I scanned the discs for the layout). I'll probably put it on a board or matte with black velvet, but I haven't figured out a good way to mount the discs so that I could remove them if needed, but still be securely fastened. I thought about using parts of CD cases to attach at the center hole, but haven't looked much into it yet.

    Has anyone done something similar, and has some tips on how to do this?

    Also, I researched as best as I could on what retail OS discs were out there, and this is what I came up with. There is a Mac OS X Public Beta disc that I would like, but I've only seen one for sell on eBay and the price is too high (the person listing it repeatedly puts it up for auction because it never sells—it has been relisted at least 10 times already). If anyone has that disc for sell, let me know, I'd be interested in working something out. There is also an 8.6 CD that has a pattern in the green that I would look for if I needed to balance out a Public Beta disc on the bottom row. I've tried to steer clear of small release differences, unless the disc design changed (exception is 10.0 and 10.1). I couldn't find any information on if there is an earlier OS retail release on CD before 7.5. If there were then that would be something else to look for, although I have not seen any trace of that. Every disc before 7.5 I've seen is for a specific computer(s).

    Thanks for looking, and any suggestions you may have.


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  2. Ariii macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2012
    You could always add a couple restore discs to your collection :).
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    How about two thin sheets of perspex (like a sandwich) with four holes drilled in the corners..Use stainless steel mirror screws for an attractive finish, add a picture hanger in the centre and hang the whole thing up like a picture. You could edge it with an alloy or SS band all the way around too.
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I could take a high resolution picture (or scan) of the public beta disc. Not letting go of mine :)
  5. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Pretty sure I still have my Public Beta buried away somewhere. Maybe I should put it on eBay ;)

    I have the Starcraft beta CD from 1997 too somewhere!
  6. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    I like this idea. You could also cut out small round areas of translucent foam and stick them in the CD holes so the perspex sandwich doesn't touch the surface of the CDs themselves.

    Nice project, BTW!
  7. ultrafiel thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2002
    Thanks for the idea about perspex, I'll have to look into that. I'm sure I'll post again when I finish this, but it may take a while to do.
  8. Diamond Dave macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
    I have the 8.6 Update CD & would be interested in selling it. The design is the same as the 8.5 CD except that the solid green background is now a texture/pattern in the same shade of green.

    It's in mint condition except that there's residue from a name & address sticker that was at one time on the disc. I used to put a name & address sticker on every disc that I took to work back in those days.

    The residue is at the very bottom centre of the printed side, about an inch across by about half an inch tall.

    It would probably come off with the correct type of solvent - something that would dissolve the adhesive without affecting the CD itself.

    If it's of any interest let me know.
  9. Fralle, Sep 26, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012

    Fralle macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2012
    South part of North
    You should also protect the discs from light! Sunlight ruins the discs in a year or two! The plastic in the discs gets yellow and deteriorate quickly if exposed to ordinary sunlight! ;)

    To mount them, find a thick black cardboard in the right size. Cut holes matching the discs. Insert the discs and put it in the middle of the perspex sandwich!
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
  11. ultrafiel thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2002
    I've been going about this slowly, but I got a few more discs. I'm still trying to get 8.6 and Mac OS X Public Beta... I'm not in a rush though. I occasionally see one or both on ebay but I've lost out on the auctions at the last minute.

    Thanks again for the ideas.
  12. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Disc Collecting

    Hello all,
    Guess I get to revive this thread again. I've embarked on this project as well. I had planned to collect OS X 10.0 - 10.6 on disc, then saw this post and thought it was a great idea. I have in my possession or en route through USPS all the discs (including OS 8.6 and the Public Beta) except 10.3, 10.4, and 10.5. For those I'm just waiting on my paycheck and will snag a set from ebay.

    I was wondering where one could find perspex? Is it something you can get at a local hardware store? Thanks for your help!
  13. mkjj macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    Easy way would be to buy some foam/plastic CD centres.

    We use them for presentation folders when a CD/DVD is needed in the back of a brochure.
  14. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Finished Collection

    Sounds like a good idea, I'll look into getting some. Since the last post I've completed the collection. All discs from Mac System 7.5 through 10.6 (including 8.6 and the Public Beta), and all the releases of OS X Server.

    Attached Files:

  15. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Better quality, scanned image.

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  16. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    What, no 8.1? *ducks*


    Seriously, neat collection... I only had about four of them :(
  17. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
  18. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Now you just need one of the ultra-rare 7.0 CDs!

    I have one that's a beta, and one that is a "group install" final-release disc. (Looks kind of like your 7.5 CD, only with purple instead of red.)

    Plus the system-specific ones, of course.
  19. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Nice! I've never heard of the 7.0 CD's, didn't know they existed. I've finally got these all in a glass frame. Ended up using double stick tape and some superglue to attach it to the back. Other attempts weren't working out and the discs would fall after a day or two. Nonetheless I'm happy with how it turned out.

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  20. ClassicII macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL

    That really looks slick!!! I like the glass look of it instead of having the typical backing of a frame.

    I was interested in the 7.0 and 7.1 cd's

    check them out!


  21. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Ahh!! So that's what those look like. I'm tempted to pick them up, but probably won't. I din't see any that were the final release when I searched for others (though I saw a 7.0 Golden Master that is probably the same code). According to Mactracker 7.0 and 7.1 were only released in final on floppy, so I guess I'll keep the collection pure with final releases ;)
  22. mcdermd macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2004
    There is a 7.6.1 disc too but it looks pretty much like 7.6 with a .1 tacked on the end.
  23. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Those beta CDs are nice (I have a beta7 CD,) but I'm referring to the "Group Upgrade" pack.

    Sadly, I can't find a picture of it online, and mine are in storage at the moment... (I have that same kit.)

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  24. CooperBox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    France - between Ricard & Absinthe
    This is an original, impressive display. It's certainly given me a few ideas.
  25. Maega macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2014
    I'm not sure how common or rare these are, but I have Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.0 "Internal Apple Edition"

    If they're easy to find they could be a worthy addition for say a second frame since all discs say "Property of Apple Computer .Inc" on them (I don't think Apple would really want them back so badly considering they're 13 years old..)

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