if the hard drive is damaged, or if the mac os x 10.4.4 update disc is not available, try using the mac os x 10.3 update discs for powerpc and intel macs. see the apple's software updates section for download sites.
my current plan is to try to find an intel imac and try to find a retail copy of leopard. if i can't find any, i will try the second option, and try to boot off the tiger install disk. if it does work, i'll try to update to leopard. if it doesn't work, i'll try to get a hold of a retail copy of tiger and try to boot off it. in any case, i'm not going to ask you to help me, since i know the answers to my questions already. i'm just trying to learn from the mistakes of others, so i dont make them myself.
from what i have read, the intel imac, g4 (or g3, g2, or g1) & g5 all shipped with a retail version of tiger, and the g4 and g5 (g4 actually) shipped with a full install dvd. however, unlike with powerpc macs, there are many models of intel macs, and the dvd they shipped with is not universal. you'd be better off getting a retail copy of tiger for that mac. at the moment, the only retail copy of tiger for the intel imac is for the g4, so that is what i am trying to obtain.
i'm assuming that the tiger-7 discs are g4 and g5-only discs (since g3 and g2) and that tiger-6 discs are g3 and g2-only, but i could be wrong. if you know differently, i'd be interested in hearing it.
7. the restore disk image window will appear, prompting you to reboot your mac. when you do, you should be prompted to enter your password. at this point you should be brought back to the os x utilities window, with your restored mac's data. note: for best results, make sure you have a full backup of your mac's data. this means you should have one or more backups of the mac os x partition in addition to your data. 3d9ccd7d82