iMac G5

cris123456789

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So I installed a new hardrive into an Imac G5 and need to install the IOS but I don't have the startup disk, is there anyway to boot it up without having to buy the startup disk?
 

MisterKeeks

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So I installed a new hardrive into an Imac G5 and need to install the IOS but I don't have the startup disk, is there anyway to boot it up without having to buy the startup disk?
buy the startup disk? What do you mean? Startup disk isn't a disk, it's a utility.
 

Nameci

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So I installed a new hardrive into an Imac G5 and need to install the IOS but I don't have the startup disk, is there anyway to boot it up without having to buy the startup disk?
Let us be clear here. The operating system for an iMac G5 or for any iMac is not IOS. iOS is mostly for apple handheld devices. For apple computers it is called OSX.

What you need is an installation disk (Mac OSX DVD). A startup disk means a hard drive inside your iMac. You can find the install DVD from some third party like ebay or amazon. They usually costs more than a hundred bucks. What you need is a retail DVD (black disk), or the specific "grey" disk that comes with your specific iMac model.

Since it is an iMac G5, the latest version that you can install is Mac OSX 10.5.8 Leopard.
 
Yes, to reiterate what others said, you are going to need a retail or specific grey disk. You need OS X 10.5 (leopard) or OSX 10.4 (tiger) NOT Snow Leopard, which is cheaper on Amazon, etc. but will not run on your machine.

Welcome to the world of PowerPC, give it some time and fall in love. :)