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Unread 02-20-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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Mac help

I just picked up an older iMac for my Daughter. It is running OS 9. I am trying to find a CD version of anything that is OS X. I have tiger and Leopard, but they are on DVDs and the iMac is CD. Or, is there a way to "burn" the dvd version onto an external hard drive or a large format SD or compact flash card?
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Unread 02-22-2010, 08:43 AM   #2
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Hello Greg
You might be able to use an external DVD drive. I switched to a mac late last year. I have been getting problems solved through macforums.com and other mac forums. I added windows to my mac and whew! a world of problems ensued but the forums helped me thru.
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Unread 02-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #3
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Hi Greg,

You may be able to 'clone' one of your working drives to the iMac. Cloning makes a full bootable copy of your drive, compared to just copying files. Make sure that the iMac will run OSX as some may not. If both computers have firewire, you can clone them by turning off iMac, connect with cable and starting the iMac in 'Target Disk' mode. 'Mac Help' discusses 'Target Disk Mode' and tells how to connect 2 machines.

This article lists some of the machines that can be connected, discusses how to connect 2 machines and goes over the process in some detail.


You may be able to use 'Migration Assistant', in the OSX 'Utilities' folder or 'Carbon Copy Cloner' shareware, link below, to get OSX onto the iMac. I've used both with success depending on the specific machines, how they're set up and how they're connected.


Important: Don't forget to backup critical files before doing any of this.
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