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by carmenlms1 / December 4, 2011 11:06 PM PST

I had this computer at work and what to re install the software but the disk that came with computer are missing.
How i can do this with out buying a new disk? Help

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"disk" usually means hard disk drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 3:59 AM PST
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If the HDD is missing you must replace it since I've yet to find a machine that does well without it.

"disc" may mean the CD or DVD media. Since these are not free you can either beg for a copy from your company/coworkers or consider committing a small crime?

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by carmenlms1 / December 5, 2011 8:12 AM PST

yes that is what i mind a cd or dvd media. i already try that of asking my coworkers for a cd but the computer dont what to take it. also i dont know how to remove the one that it have or install it a new......

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"what i mind"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 11:40 AM PST
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Don't what to take it?

Let's hope your coworkers have the media for you.

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by carmenlms1 / December 6, 2011 4:14 AM PST
In reply to: "what i mind"?

???? PlainConfused

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(NT) The typographic errors are making your post hard to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2011 4:21 AM PST
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no typographic errors!
by carmenlms1 / December 6, 2011 4:32 AM PST

Im Confused with your last answer. I have the cd software from my coworker, but the computer dont accept them.They are gray and as i read some place this cds comes with a specific computer, so you cant used them with another. I dnt what to buy a new cd software....How i can deleted this os from the mac at work and install a new os with out buying a new os software cds? It have to be a way to reinstall the os to the beginning?! (Like windows computer do!)

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"yes that is what i mind a cd or dvd media."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2011 4:42 AM PST
In reply to: no typographic errors!

Sorry but it was hard for me to decipher that and other sentences. Moving on.

If you have the right media then the next problem you find with even 2 year old laptops and desktops is the CD/DVD drive has failed.

Time to try a new drive.

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Not withstanding the possibility that your optical drive may
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 6, 2011 7:27 AM PST
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be faulty, if you cannot obtain the correct Restore Discs for this particular version of the Mac, then the only way to install OS X again, after you delete the one that is on there, is to purchase a copy of OS X from somewhere like eBay or Amazon.

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Thank You
by carmenlms1 / December 6, 2011 10:58 PM PST

Sorry about that; here is the necessary info:Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac7,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 4 MB Memory: 2 GB Bus Speed: 800 MHz Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03 SMC Version (system): 1.21f4 Serial Number (system): W87372V7X8A Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-001B63A1088FSystem Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)
Kernel Version: Darwin 10.8.0
Boot Volume: Macintosh HD
Boot Mode: Normal
User Name: Carmen Sanchez
Secure Virtual Memory: Not Enabled
64-bit Kernel and Extensions: No
The Hard Drive is in perfect condition, I used the computer every day. I
just what to re install the OS to start over. I guess i will have to
talk to my supervisor/manager to see if we can get a new OS-X CD!
(Something I did not what to do )....but thank you any way.....

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Any reason why you would want to wipe
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 7, 2011 2:12 AM PST
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the drive and start again?

Do you have an Admin account on the machine?

If so, you can create a new account for yourself and then delete all the other accounts. This would give you a fresh start without needing the OS X installation discs.

As an aside, wiping the drive, installing OS X again will delete all the apps that did not come with OS X.
These include, but are not limited to, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDvd.


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any reason...
by carmenlms1 / December 9, 2011 2:41 AM PST
Cool I did that and everything is ok now. Thank you....
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So, you have Snow Leopard on your computer
by macnerd10 / December 7, 2011 12:42 PM PST
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If the disk is OK and the computer runs well, you do not need to reinstall the system. If you have some minor glitches, you can download a 10.6.8 combo update from the Apple web site and reapply it. But first go to applications>utilities, find Disk Utility, open it and repair permissions. Don't worry if you have hundreds of permissions repaired. This is normal. A restart after permissions repair may be helpful too. To install a new OS X (Lion) you will need to spend 29 US dollars and download it from the Apple app store. But before you do that, please check your applications. If any of them show PowerPC in the Get Info (command-I), they will not work under Lion (10.7) and will need to be replaced with a newer version if it exists. Only applications rated "Universal" or "Intel" will work.

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so, ...
by carmenlms1 / December 9, 2011 2:41 AM PST

Thank you.

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