Install disk needed?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wtsheff, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. wtsheff macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2012
    I purchased a slightly used 21.5" iMac recently and there where no backup disks included with the computer. Should I be concerned about having them for software modifications in the future or can I survive comfortably without them? Thanks,WTS.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    What year model is it? What Mac OS X version is installed? If it's Lion or Mountain Lion, there are no install discs shipped for those versions.

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    If it's Snow Leopard or earlier, you can order replacement discs for your model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).
  3. wtsheff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2012

    Thanks for the reply. That makes me feel better about my new computer. It is the May 2011 model so I assume it came without install disks.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes. That would have come with Lion and no install disks. If you need to reinstall the OS, just go a command-r boot and that will get you to a recovery mode to reinstall.

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