How to Format my HD and Reinstall Panther?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by noel4r, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. noel4r macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Can anyone please tell me how to format my hard drive and reinstall Panther on my iBook. I want to do a fresh install. Thank you so much….
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    If you're sure you don't want any of the files, then you do the following.

    Insert the 'Install & Restore' disc which came with your computer (if that's your copy of Panther) and follow the instructions. It will shut down your computer and boot from the disc - alternatively, put the disc in, shut down and hold down the letter C while you turn the Mac back on.

    You have the option of keeping your application and user files or a completely clean install. It's obvious which options to choose.

    It does take some time to do it so be prepared to leave it running for an hour or so. The main nuisance is having to then download all the updates that there have been since your restore disc was burned!
  3. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    That won't format the hard drive. To format the hard drive, boot the CD, but don't install. Instead, open utilities and run Disk Utility. Format the drive. Then install.
  4. jmsait19 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    I recently stuck in my install and restore disk and did a clean and install. This claims to have wiped my drive and reinstalled the OS. Of course i backed everything up so im golden. How is that different than formatting the drive?
  5. Norouzi macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    A software restore can be simply a different way of formating the HD and reinstalling. The software restore will basicly take your system back to the way it was the day it was first turned on. With newer machines this will include installing things like iLife & Appleworks if you have a consumer product. Where as if your like me and have an older machine just formating and reinatalling the OS is just that the OS no additional applications.

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