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future mac owner wants to know...

April 14, 2011 at 21:32:51
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Professionnel, 2.83 GHz / 4095 MB
Is there an hidden partition on a mac to restore the computer to it's factory state? I'm asking this because most used mac out there are being sold without Mac OS disc/s, i find this very peculiar. Or there is just a handfull of owner that mention that the comp come with it's orginal Mac OS disc.
I don't want to buy a computer without it's os disc.


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April 14, 2011 at 23:44:26
I can't speak for the latest Macs, but the older ones always came with an OS disk and no hidden partition. I would check with the vendor before buying.

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April 15, 2011 at 12:27:21
No, Apple computers do not have a hidden partition for restoring the computer, but... I think you will like this how-to on how you *can* restore a Mac without having the disc:

How to restore OS X without the disc.

Note that under the Apple SLA, if you choose to image this, you *must* only have it for backup/archival purposes, and it is not to be distributed to any other Mac other than the one it was intended for.

If you are still anxious, most standard MacBooks that were issued in 2009 shipped with a full restore disc set. If yours does not, you can use the method above. When you do get your new Mac, you can check out the other Mac how-tos here:
Mac How-tos. These are articles that will help you along the way.

I hope all this helps you in your new Mac quest, and answers your question. :) Let me know whatever else you'd like to ask or comment.

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April 16, 2011 at 22:13:12
Thank you very's good to know that they did give an os disc from 2009...and i'll go read about the 2 links you gave me....Thanks again!!

I'll take you on that offer to comment agreimann....

If i understand what you're saying is, before 2009 no os disc came with the purchase of a brand new mac? Outrageous i say...I can't imagine buying a new pc without the windows're pretty much screwed if anything happens, since i'm the kind who format at least once a year i realy need that disc.

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April 16, 2011 at 23:19:23
Um, no. Even the Macintosh Performa shipped with a set of floppies to restore it, and most Macs that are purchased new do come with recovery media to this day. In Apple notebooks, for instance, the iBook series had a set of recovery discs--and that was a while ago. :) I only mentioned the MacBooks, because I guessed you might be looking at a MacBook, (but the G4 Macs are still a pleasure to use as well.) :)

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April 17, 2011 at 07:05:19
Thanks again....and you guessed right, i'm looking for a macbook.

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April 18, 2011 at 00:15:36
Note that this is only mentioning buying Macs that are *new*--buying them used or third-party will not guarantee the discs will be there. Apple restore discs should be there, if for instance, you buy a Mac through the Apple Store, new from Amazon, from MacMall, or a reputable source.

Thanks for posting! I've been glad to help you. Again, let me know if you have any more questions!

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April 19, 2011 at 21:43:12
Finally got my 1st Mac....i'm writing this with an old macbook black A1181 from 2006...i'm surprised by it's speed for a 5 year old comp. I don't need a mac, curiosity got the best of me...

I was hesitant but when you said that a G4 was still a pleasure to use, it gave me the little push i needed to buy my little gem....Thanks!

Now back to look at everything in my new comp.

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April 21, 2011 at 10:06:06
OK--if you need to restore it, and it came used without a restore disc, refer to the how-to on restoring without the CD I linked to earlier. :)

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