How to perform a clean install on mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by killswitch1698, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. killswitch1698 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    Hey all,

    My mac has been acting up with apple software such as mail, ichat, and safari so after months of trying to overcome the problem I came to the conclusion that I must reinstall my mac osx.

    Just to be clear here I don't want to archive and install; I just want the only thing to stay: my music. If I can just back it up to my ipod before I wipe my HD for reinstalling then that's cool.

    I want to install 10.4 just like before (I do not have the install discs, just the upgrade discs)

    A step-by-step tutorial would be much appreciative
    (i have an imac g5 PCC /w 512MB RAM)

    Again no archive and install

    thanks :)
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Erase and Install is an option, but with the Upgrade DVD you might need an older OS (to upgrade from) on your Mac. It will work with the current situation, but if the installation fails (which is highly unlikely), you need to install Mac OS X 10.3 again in order to use the Mac OS X 10.4 upgrade DVDs.

    Here are some guides on how to perform and Erase and Install, which is quite easy, so the guides found via here should suffice.

    MRoogle might also bring up something relevant.

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