My Options for an OS

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gillist419, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. gillist419

    gillist419 MDL Novice

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    Hello,
    I bought a used Macbook Pro. When I power the unit on it takes me straight to disk utility screen. I think the person who had it before me wiped the OS. The Macbook Pro is a 2009 model and I found out the original OS X was 10.5.7. My question is this, what options do I have about installing a new OS on the machine? Sadly I do not have any installation disks.

    I have never owned or worked on a Mac before. I have on many occasions used Windows Loader by DAZ to install Windows OS on PC's before. Is there something similar for OS X?

    Thanks for any information.
     
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    llGoogolpleXll MDL Novice

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  4. gillist419

    gillist419 MDL Novice

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    Thanks guys. I will reply and tell you how it goes.
     
  5. GarryH_Geek

    GarryH_Geek MDL Novice

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    Personally I may recommend to check the memory size of the Mac, as Maverics can seriously slow itself down if the memory array is too small. The minimal 'comfortable' size is a 4 Gb I guess, so upgrade ut if you need before you wlii try to install Maverics. Best regards!
     
  6. gillist419

    gillist419 MDL Novice

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    Well after many trial and errors, and many hours of reading and studying, I broke down and bought a snow leopard install disc. It was only $20 from the apple store. I was able to successfully install os x 10.6.3. I then upgraded to 10.6.8. I will probably upgrade to mavericks sometime in the future, but for now I am happy that I got the MAC up and running. Thanks everyone for the input and advice.
     
  7. philexile

    philexile MDL Novice

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    You should upgrade. Snow Leopard is pretty old now and its best just to stay current. I've been using Macs since OS 7 and Apple doesn't support stragglers. :p