Do I have any options?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by macnewbie89, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. macnewbie89 macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2015
    I recently received my brothers old Macbook 3,1. Its running OSX 10.5.8.

    Forgive my ignorance, I know nothing at all about Macs. Always been a PC user.

    Im trying to format this computer as it is very cluttered but I have no idea how to get started...

    Am I formatting the HD the same way I would with a PC?

    Ive tried finding information on this macbook and what it can handle but am seeing very different answers on the apple forum.

    Do I have any options for updating/upgrading? If so, what are they?

    Do I need a cd to do this?

    Ive tried finding tutorials on how to upgrade but they all seem to rely on a cd which I do not have.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. saifrc macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    The last OS that was made available on disc was OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which you can get on disc from Apple for $20. You can boot up from that disc and reformat the hard drive, while installing a fresh copy of the OS.

    The maximum supported OS is OS X 10.7 Lion, which I think is only available from the Mac App Store, a feature made available in Snow Leopard. I think that's going to set you back another $20, but I'd say it's worth it. I heard that Lion was available on flash drives once upon a time, but that might be harder to find.

    I'm not specifically familiar with that MacBook, but I think you might have an EFI update as well.

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