Easiest way to restore iMac??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gravytrain84, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. gravytrain84 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what my wife has done but my desktop definitely isnt running like she used to. How can I do a total restore without recovery disks?? I searched the box but cannot find the disks anywhere... Tia folks:D
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    You cant do a restore without the discs that came with the mac.
     
  3. gravytrain84 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where can these be purchased?
     
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    The number to call is 1-800-767-2775 (Customer Relations). I believe the usual charge for replacement discs is $60.
     
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    You can buy them from apple. I think you may just have to talk to support and tell them your model number. Shouldn't cost you much.
     
  6. gravytrain84 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The install discs are system specific so be sure to get the right ones!
     
  8. gravytrain84 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to know where I put the original disks..????
     
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Lesson learned! Save the discs!
     
  10. gravytrain84 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No kiddin...
     
  11. Chris5488 macrumors regular

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    System specific? I thought every compatible OS X disc would do the job.
    Buying a OS X Snow Leopard disc in the store wouldn't help either? I thought there was an option to do a clean install, for which the original system disc isn't needed? Would be easier and cheaper...
     
  12. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Its actually $20, and usually they will waive the fee.
     
  13. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    As in the CD that came with an iMac won't install SL properly on a MBP.

    Idk about buying a SL disk from the store.
     
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    Ahh thanks for the fix!
     
  15. gravytrain84 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome. Thanks
     
  16. AndyMoore macrumors 6502

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    Isn't a reinstall a bit extreme?
    Have you done any fault finding to see what's making your experience different now from when you first used it?
    You're not giving much detail as to what the pecieved issue is.

    Things to check:

    Whats's starting up on boot
    Repair permissions
    Reset Safari

    If you could help us with some more details then we might be able to give advice that doesn't involve reinstalling OSX.
     

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