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Noztra 03-12-2012 10:31 AM

I need help fast!
Hello MacForums,

I want to reset my iMac completly, like i got it when i bought it, the only problem is, i lost the cd that was with my iMacl. So what do i do know? Is there a way to download a new cd that i can burn to a copy? Thank you!

Noztra 03-12-2012 10:58 AM

No help really?

pigoo3 03-12-2012 11:14 AM


Originally Posted by Noztra (Post 1381497)
Is there a way to download a new cd that i can burn to a copy? Thank you!

No...there is no way to download a "new CD"...and burn a copy. You need to purchase an install CD...and do the install.

You also provided no information on what particular iMac you own...or what it's specs we cannot even suggest what OS version you need to purchase.

- Nick

p.s. You actually can download OS 10.7 Lion...but to do the need a Mac with OS 10.6.6 or higher to do it. Or you can buy Lion on a USB stick. But my guess is...your have an older iMac...and if so (and you want to return it to the condition it was when purchased) probably did not come with Lion on it.

mrplow 03-12-2012 11:14 AM

Considering you are in a huge rush to get info you've given scant details (which model you have, which version of OSX etc) so here a a few options:
1. Find it
2. Ask Apple to send you one (they'll normally just charge an admin fee)
3. Buy a new one
4. If you're on Snow Leopard you can upgrade to Lion, create a Lion DVD and do a clean install
5. If you're on Lion already you can use the recovery mode to do a clean install

pigoo3 03-12-2012 11:15 AM


Originally Posted by Noztra (Post 1381504)
No help really?

By the really should give folks more than 27 minutes to view & reply to your original post.

- Nick

vansmith 03-12-2012 11:17 AM

You might have to wait more than half an hour for a response, especially on a work day. Many of us work and/or go to school during this time. To help for the future, a more descriptive title helps - many people will ignore threads that have non-descript titles.

As for your question, no, you can not download another copy unless of course you're running Lion. If not, you'll need to purchase another disc or upgrade to Lion (if you meet the requirements) and use that installer.

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