Just bought used Mac Pro, no discs, what's the cheapest way to reinstall?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Crugga, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Crugga macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2010
    Sorry I'm sure this has been asked a million times.
    Picked up a used first gen mac pro and it's come with tiger but he had lost the disk. I want to either install leopard or better still snow leopard or worst case just give it a fresh install.
    I'm just confused as to what I need to buy?, I've seen leopard for around £90 and snow leopard for £30 and well over £100 as a package of which I only want the os.
    Can anyone confirm which would and would not work on my machine? Will the £30 snow leopard work?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You can get the Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD for 25 GBP, it is a Retail version of Mac OS X and will work on all Intel Macs, even ones without Mac OS X installed. It lacks iLife though, that's what the Mac Box Set is for, including iLife and iWork.
  3. Crugga thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2010
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I'm not sure if all of the older MacPros are even Intel?
    If it's Intel, go for Snow Leopard.
  5. otherorange macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2007
    If it is a MacPro it uses an Intel processor by definition.
  6. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    yeah what he said ^^^^^

    the G5 was the last of power PC line, and the mac pro/MBP
    was the introduction to intel. so any mac pro/MBP is able
    to run leopard/snow leopard. and like it was said the "upgrade"
    to snow leopard is a complete OS and will install without the
    need to install leopard first.
  7. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    PowerMac G5 --> PPC CPU
    Mac Pro --> X86 CPU

    PowerBook G4 --> PPC CPU
    MacBook Pro --> X86 CPU

    Anyway, when Apple switched to Intel they wanted to have the word "Mac" in every computer they produce, thus the MacPro and MBP.

    www.everymac.com is a good resource to see, what Mac has what and what not.

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