need to do a system restore on a MAC without

August 27, 2011 at 18:59:54
Specs: OSX 10.5.8
how to do a system restore on a MAC without disk

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August 29, 2011 at 15:06:53
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Firstly, "Mac" is short for Macintosh, whilst MAC stands for Media Access Control address. :)

Mac OS X does not include System Restore. This is a Windows-specific utility and will not work with your computer, unless you dual-boot OS X and Windows using Boot Camp or third-party software, such as VMWare. On OS X, to perform a "System Restore" to a "restore point" in Windows equivalence, Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" and later include Time Machine. You can simply flick back to the date and time that the original file was accessed to retrieve it.

To restore the operating system, there are two methods of doing so. The first is recommended and should be used--this method is to use the disc included with your computer or a retail OS X disc. Insert the disc, restart, and right after the chime, hold Option. Select the OS X disc. You can, alternatively, hold C or D on some newer Intels.

To restore without the disc (this is a last resort, of which neither I or this forum will take responsibility for data loss, etc.), you can follow the steps outlined in this article to back up and restore OS X without the disc. This how-to does assume that you understand how OS X works, and that you are comfortable downloading a Live CD of the Ubuntu OS. If prompted at Ubuntu, select a 32-bit Intel on any model made after 2006. If you have an older G3, G4, or G5 Mac, you will need to download an alternate version, which I can assist walking you through.

Thank you for posting; it was a pleasure to assist you. If this did not resolve your issue, or if you have any further questions, post back with any further comments or concerns on this issue you may have.

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