IMac OS Tiger upgrading?
Hi, I just bought a Apple iMac (MA589LL/A) (20", 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB, 250 GB) Running Tiger (Sent with original disks)
I see on eBay: QTY-1 IMAC MAC OS X INSTALL DVD MAC OS VERSION 10.6.1 DISC VERSION 1.0 2Z691-6588-A
QTY-1 IMAC APPLICATIONS INSTALL DVD AHT VERSION 3A180 DISC VERSION 1.0 2Z691-6589-A
I did some research and it looks like you can upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard using the 29.99 disks.
First, is that true? Second, can I use the above disks from eBay and save a few bucks? Or best to go to the Apple Store and pay the 29.99? Any ups or downs to this?
Trying to avoid buying the Mac Box Set, really don't iLife or iWork.
Any insight would be great!
The 29.99 upgrade does not include any iLife apps... and some of the old 10.4 ones will NOT work on it... which is why they sell a more expensive 10.4 - 10.6 upgrade that comes with new iLife apps. If you do not want any of the iLife apps, then no big deal... the 29.99 upgrade is only supposed to be for 10.5 machines, but you can do a full install technically on a machine that has no OS.
Do not buy 10.6 from ebay unless its a retail copy. If it came bundled with an iMac, it will only work right on the same exact make/model of iMac it came with... not on yours.
"you can upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard" Not really true. You cannot install Snow Leopard over Tiger. You can erase the drive, and then install Snow Leopard. That's right, you have to erase all your documents and applications. Yes, you will find many forums online with claims of "Upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard", but when you read all the details, you see they ALWAYS erased the drive before installing Snow Leopard. If there is no longer any trace of Tiger on the drive, how can you upgrade Tiger?
Technically, you could avoid erasing the drive by using target disk mode connected to another Firewire Mac, hide the System folder and Library folder inside some other folder, thus making Tiger completely hidden from the installer and then install Snow Leopard, but that still doesn't actually upgrade the Tiger system. It disables and hides the Tiger system. None of your previously installed apps that have essential files in the Library of Tiger will be working after such a false upgrade.
You could also make a new partition for Snow Leopard, but just like hiding the Tiger system, it won't leave essential Library files of your apps in the Snow Leopard Library.
You will need a retail DVD to install Snow Leopard. There is no other option. You do not need to buy the Mac Box Set if you don't need both iLife and iWork. BTW, "doh123" says "...some of the old 10.4 ones will NOT work on it" Not true, if we are talking about iLife '06. All those apps work fine in OS 10.6.
Help! Installing Snow Leopard from Tiger?
I am a complete Mac newbie. I have a Tiger intel iMac that I need to upgrade. My confusion is I see 50/50 success of people buying the $29 upgrade disc vs 100% success when buying the MAc box set of Snow leopard for $129. My question is technical - do I HAVE to wipe the drive and install or will the box set "upgrade" Tiger? I'll back everything up obviously to be careful but I'm fearful of something going wrong as I've never done this before on the Mac.
The safest way to upgrade to a newer Mac OS X generation is not to 'update', but to erase the hard drive and make a fresh new installation – it really isn't difficult and you make sure this way that hidden file system damages, bugs, or incompatible components don't make it to the new system (it's a huge step from 10.4 to 10.6.) Also, check all your applications for Snow Leopard compatible versions / updates and install these.
In this sense, whether you take the $29 DVD or the $129 package with iWork and iLife is not a technical issue, just a budget and preference question (some prefer MS Office or one of the 3 OpenOffice packages). Garageband and iMovie'11 can be bought separately from the new Mac App Store.
The other thing to consider is the amount of RAM. If you have 4 GB, you'll be ok. 2 GB is the least you should have, but this is where I would start thinking about adding RAM up to 4 GB (consult the printed manual).
According to Apple Tech Support, the Mac Box Set ($129) is mandatory, when upgrading from OS X Tiger.
Read and follow the Upgrade instructions, and choose the "Archive and Install" Option. It saves all your personal data, and tries to save all Snow Leopard-compatible Apps.
BUT, Apple RECOMMENDS that you Back Up all your personal data, FIRST, just in case. I used Time Machine (in OS X Leopard) for that with an External USB Hard drive. OS X Tiger tips, and CCC, are here:
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