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    Feb 10, 2012
    Is it possible to buy a new Mac with OS 9.2?
    I have an older iMac that needs to be replaced. The problem is that it is running software that we need to get to archival data. The software cannot be upgraded, and it will not run on anything greater than OS 9.2. Is there a way to purchase a new Mac with an older version OS?

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    Oct 22, 2007
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    Nope, all modern macs after 10.4 tiger do not run those classic apps

    What software are you using that needs to be archived, Claris works or something?
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    Nov 08, 2010
    Main-11" Air, iPhone 6+, iPad Mini 3, Hi-Fi Extras- Too many to count
    You could look on craigslist for an older mac that you could use for that purpose.

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    You COULD do that, but I can virtually GUARANTEE you're going to lose valuable data in the very near future if you don't start working to migrate those files to standards that are still supported -- something you should have done 10 years ago.

    Let us know what kind of files we're talking about and I'm sure we'll have some suggestions for you, but you may have waited too long in some cases.

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Another option may be to use an emulator to run the software on a new Mac. More information is available here:

    How to run Classic (pre OS X) apps on Intel Macs - Mac OS X Hints
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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