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    May 27, 2013
    Reformatting Powerbook G4
    Hi All

    Firstly I apologize if this has already been covered in a previous thread. Just could not find it.

    I have a Powerbook G4 (specs below) that I am looking to reformat the main HD. I have no use for anything on the machine other than out-of-box software. This is a machine I purchased 10 years ago and now want to use as a side machine (movies, temporary file storage, etc).

    Can anyone help describe the steps or post a link that covers the necessary steps to reformatting a HD to factory?

    OS X 10.4.11
    1 GHz
    40G HD
    768 MB DDR SDRAM


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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Do you have the OSX 10.4 install DVD
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    May 27, 2013
    There is a small chance that I could find it after all this time.

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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by JLoveFSU View Post
    There is a small chance that I could find it after all this time.
    Well then start looking! Since having a Mac OS install disk that is compatible with your Powerbook G4 is an essential part to completing what you want to do.

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    Nov 28, 2007
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    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    In other words you gotta have it to format!
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