install os x tiger without formatting or partitioning hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by appledyl, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. appledyl macrumors regular

    appledyl

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    Hi. I have an intel iMac (non-aluminum) without an operating system. But there are lots of important files on the iMac's hard drive. Can I install OS X Tiger on it without erasing any files, and still have them be accessible on the computer? If so, how???
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Yes you can. You don't have to do anything special to prepare such a drive for Mac OS X installation, assuming the drive is partitioned with GPT and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You can verify this with Disk Utility, if need be.
     

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